maple leaves in fall with haiku

“maple leaf” is 11×14, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors on paper and digitally edited. © Annette Makino 2016


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

    2017 calendar: Annette’s mini-calendar of art and haiku is now available through the Makino Studios Etsy shop, along with several new card designs.

    Exploring art in old Japan: From woodblock prints to anime, Annette Makino finds insight and inspiration on a trip to Japan, as described in her latest blog post.