dog and cat sleeping together

“peace on earth” is 5×7, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolor on paper and digitally edited. It is available as a holiday card or small print. © 2014 Annette Makino


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

Drawing on Japanese artistic traditions, 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 and enrich each other. She also draws on the Japanese custom of etegami, painting and mailing postcard art with a few well-chosen words.

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