mountain meadow with poppies and lupine, haiku

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


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.


  • Home page sidebar

    artist Annette Makino at work

    Makino Studios News

    Eastward ho! To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Makino Studios, Annette Makino plans a family trip to Japan.

    New art: Annette has been busy painting! You can find her newest card designs in the Makino Studios Etsy shop or view them in the gallery.

    Healing images: Artists create messages of hope for Japan: Feature story on Annette Makino’s art.