pile of books with haiku

“new chapter” is 5×7, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors on paper. © Annette Makino 2016


With a Zen sense of lightness and humor, Annette Makino combines Japanese-inspired paintings with haiku and other words to capture fleeting moments and make connections.

Using bamboo brushes, she paints with sumi ink that is ground in an ink stone, then adds color with Japanese watercolors. As is traditional in Asian art, she stamps each painting in red with one of her personal seals.

Much of Makino’s work is inspired by the Japanese tradition of haiga, artwork combined with haiku so the image and words deepen each other.

She offers her authentic and joyful paintings, prints, cards, and calendars online and at selected retailers through Makino Studios.


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    artist Annette Makino at work

    Makino Studios News

    New cards: Ten new designs can now be found at the top of the Greeting Card section in the Gallery.

    Keychains: Annette has designed two different wooden keychains featuring her art and haiku, one of a playful dog and one of a redwood. These laser-engraved keychains are available on Etsy for $4.99 each.

    Connecting: Follow Makino Studios on Facebook and Twitter for news, art and haiku. Or subscribe to her newsletter, sent out about once a month.