painting of tomatoes on the vine with haiku

“heirloom tomato” is 11×14, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors on paper. © 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.

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    artist Annette Makino at work

    Makino Studios News

    The other end of the paintbrush: In her latest blog post, Annette Makino explores the dilemmas of the working artist.

    New cards: Twelve new designs by Annette Makino can now be found in the Makino Studios Etsy shop and in the Greeting Card section of the Gallery.