dog and cat sleeping together

“peace on earth” is 5×7, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors on paper. © Annette Makino 2013


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

    A trail-blazing woman: Annette writes about her remarkable great-aunt, Helli Stehle, for her 109th birthday. In 1939, Stehle became Switzerland’s first female newscaster.

    Free shipping: Use shipping code FREESHIP2016 for free US shipping through Wed., Nov. 30 on orders of $15 or more from the Makino Studios Etsy shop. Items include a 2017 calendar, keychains, greeting cards and signed prints.

    Pierson Made in Humboldt Fair: Find Annette Makino’s calendars, cards, and prints at this fair of arts, crafts and specialty foods handmade in Humboldt County. Pierson Garden Shop, 4100 Broadway Street, Eureka, November 15-Dec. 24.