Artist’s Statement

I find it very exciting that a simple fold changes a two-dimensional plane into a three-dimensional form.  Artist’s books gives me a wonderful avenue to convey this energy and I love that I can integrate into my books various art processes that interest me such as, calligraphy, photography, decorative paper designing (paste paper and orizomegami-Japanese fold and dye technique), watercolor, pen and ink, embossing, relief printing, origami, assemblage and collage.  Some of my books may open up to quiet charm or may open in an explosion of surprise.  I derive inspiration from the Hawaiian and Japanese culture and the patterns, textures, shapes and colors in nature and around me.  Gardens are my favorite places to contemplate and recharge my vision.  My own garden is a source of inspiration for me.