Annette Makino is an artist and haiku poet 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.
Raised by a Japanese father and a Swiss mother, Makino has lived in both Japan and Europe. She now lives in Arcata, California with her husband, two children, and a dog.
Makino comes to her work with more than thirty years experience in writing and graphic design as a communications and outreach specialist for nonprofit organizations. She has a degree in international relations from Stanford University.
Makino offers paintings, prints, calendars and cards of her work through her art business, Makino Studios.
Publications: Makino’s poems and haiga have appeared in the leading English-language haiku and haiga journals, including Frogpond, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Acorn, tinywords, Prune Juice, A Hundred Gourds, HaigaOnline, and DailyHaiga. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including fear of dancing (the Red Moon anthology of the best haiku of 2013), Contemporary Haibun (annual print anthology edited by Jim Kacian), and Now This: Contemporary Poems of Beginnings, Renewals, and Firsts (edited by Robert Epstein).
Awards and Shows: In both 2013 and 2014, Makino’s haiku took first prize in the ukiaHaiku Festival in two categories: Adult General, and the Dori Anderson Award for haiku about Ukiah, California. She also had a poem shortlisted for The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Award for best haiku of 2013.
Makino exhibits her art regularly around Northern California. Her work has shown at the Morris Graves Museum of Art and the Brenda Tuxford Gallery in Eureka; the Corner Gallery in Ukiah; and the Mateel Cooperative Art Gallery in Garberville, among other places.