I was born in Fukushima, Japan. No one had ever heard of Fukushima until the recent nuclear meltdown. When I was in kindergarten my mother, an aspiring fashion illustrator, moved our family to Tokyo. My mother always encouraged us to create something with our hands. She supplied us with art materials instead of toys. Our family's pastime was going to the park and making sketches outdoors. When I was 12 years old my mother moved with her three children to the United States. We lived in Greenwich, Connecticut while my mother commuted to New York City. Today she designs handbags for Donna Karan. My siblings and I are all working in the arts. In Greenwich High School I took all the drawing and printmaking classes and graduated with honors in Art.
During the winter vacation of my junior year at the State University of New York at Binghamton I made my first visit to Paris. The city was cold and dreary but its beauty and sparkling lights captivated my heart. I loved sitting in a café, sipping a bitter espresso and doodling on my drawing pad as the world passed by. This trip changed my life. Paris was where I wanted to be. After graduating from SUNY, I moved to New York City. I studied drawing and etching at the School of Visual Arts and worked as a graphic designer for various firms. In 1994 I left New York and moved to Paris. I worked for seven years as a graphic designer with a small communications agency. Today, I am a freelance illustrator/graphic designer in Paris.
Since 2005 I have participated in local art exhibitions. Now I am working on illustrations of Paris for new shows. The city continues to inspire me and I love working here. I am happy living in the center of this beautiful city with a wonderful husband and a loyal cat named Notcha.
In 2012 my friend Julie encouraged me to start a blog about what I like to illustrate and the ongoing progress of my projects, so people can follow me at, IllustratorinParis.com!