bird's nest with robin eggs

“rustling leaves” is 5×7, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolor on paper. The card version reads, “I’m so glad you were born.”


Annette Makino is an artist and haiku poet who combines Japanese-inspired paintings with original words. Her pieces, which combine just a few words and brushstrokes, express quiet reflection and Zen humor. 

Makino writes poems to capture fleeting moments and realizations. She paints images in sumi ink and Japanese watercolors that reflect and enrich the words. The online gallery showcases her art.

Makino Studios offers paintings, prints, cards, calendars and books of her work.

She says, “My goal as a writer and artist is to help people to find joy and meaning in their daily lives and to deepen their connections with the people they love.”

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    artist Annette Makino at work

    Makino Studios News

    I read the news today, oh boy: Annette’s latest blog post discusses how we can maintain hope and build community in world where ISIS, Ebola and climate change are running amok.

    Ripples from a Stone: Annette is teaming up with mixed media artist Amy Uyeki to show images combined with haiku and other words at the Adorni Center in Eureka, CA Oct. 30-Nov. 30.

    Holiday Open Studios: Visit artists Joyce Jonté, Patricia Sennott and Annette 11-5 on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7 at StewArt Studios in Arcata.