tracks through grass with tree shadows, plus haiku

“scent of wood smoke” is 11×14, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolor on paper. © Annette Makino 2017


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

    In times of trouble: In her latest blog post, Annette Makino asks, in the face of an unending stream of suffering, how do we maintain our humanity without losing our minds?

    New cards and calendar: A pensive cat, a sparkling river and a night sky are among Annette’s newest card designs. They also appear in her 2018 calendar. View them in the Makino Studios Etsy shop and in the Greeting Card section of the Gallery.