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 and Japanese watercolors using 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.
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 family.
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 work has 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 a number of anthologies, including the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Red Moon anthologies of the best haiku of the year.
Awards and Shows: Makino’s poems have won prizes in the Gerald Brady Senryu Contest (3rd place, 2016) and the Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest (2nd Honorable Mention, 2016). In the ukiaHaiku Festival, she has been awarded the Jane Reichhold International Prize (2nd place, 2016), the Dori Anderson Award for haiku about Ukiah, California (1st place in 2013, 2014, and 2015; 3rd place in 2016). In 2013 and 2o14, her haiku also won first place in the Adult General category. One of her poems was 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.