painting of red fox

“fox tracks” is 11×14, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors on paper. © 2015 Annette Makino


Annette Makino is an artist and writer who combines joyful paintings with original words. Her pieces express quiet reflection and Zen humor. 

Makino paints with sumi ink that she grinds in an ink stone, adding color with Japanese watercolors. She applies the ink and paint onto paper with bamboo brushes. 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 also draws on the Japanese custom of etegami, painting postcard art with a few well-chosen words.

The online gallery showcases her art. Makino Studios offers paintings, prints, cards, and calendars.



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    artist Annette Makino at work

    Makino Studios News

    Summer Art Show: For the month of August, Annette will have a solo show at Libation on the plaza in Arcata, California, with a reception during Arts Arcata on Friday, Aug. 14, 6-9 p.m.

    Before we were tamed: Annette’s latest blog post explores, through art and haiku, what our wild hearts once knew.

    New Cards: 24 new and updated card designs have just been added to the Greeting Card section of the Gallery. These are also available online through the MakinoStudios shop on Etsy.