Keiko was raised in the rural farming community of Anaka, Japan. Keiko first began her work with brushes at the age of six while studying calligraphy under the tutelage of Master Okonogi. Japanese calligraphy is an ancient form of communication where the simple flick of a brush stroke will completely change the meaning of a character; it requires strict discipline to master this art form, using brush strokes to translate characters into a communicable language. Keiko rose to the level of 6 th Dan, a distinguished accomplishment in this art form.
Keiko began teaching calligraphy privately at age 20, continuing until she married. In 1991, she and her husband moved to the United States where she began studying 3D. She continued with 3D in enameling for five years, becoming accomplished with color.
She started her formal training in watercolor at the Houston Museum of Fine Art Glassell School of Art in 2002. She has been accepted and won awards in numerous juried national and international exhibitions some of which include the International Watercolor Convention in Fabriano, Italy, 2015, the American Watercolor Society’s 2009 William Gorman Memorial Award, the American Watercolor Society’s 2008 Elsie and David Wu JectKey Award and traveling show, the National Watercolor Society’s 2014, the China Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial Award and traveling show, and the Transparent Watercolor Society’s 2013, Memorial Award.
Other than just awards, Keiko has several articles featuring her and her paintings published in a variety of watercolor magazines and art books such as The Art of Watercolour, both a French and English edition, as well as American Artist, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magic, Splash, and Art Journey America Landscapes.
Keiko is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Alabama, Watercolor Art SocietyHouston, Georgia Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, and Texas Watercolor Society. She is also accomplished in the medium of acrylic, frequently painting large canvases. She shares her experience with other artists by teaching, giving workshops and conducting critiques.
Her artwork is presently in several private and corporate collections, including PanaPina Inc., Rowan Drilling Corp., Chevron Oil Co., Petris Corp., and Abercrombie Simmons and Gillette Inc. It is being shown in many museums and galleries across the country. Her work is represented by Harris Gallery in Houston, Texas, National Art Services Company Inc. in Houston, Texas and Ambleside Gallery in Greensboro, NC.