I was born in Okinawa Japan, learning Japanese calligraphy as I was growing up and later under master Uson Shiroma. I had a traditional Western art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, but over the years, my painting style has shifted back toward drawing as calligraphy. I enjoy drawing lines most and use the canvas as a sheet of colored paper. My early works were usually derived from realistic image of things on my mind, but gradually they have lost the reference to the reality and become totally abstract. Instead of painting the abstracted form of a particular image in life, I began to aim for expressing a cheerful and optimistic mood with line drawing. My schooling in New York City also influenced me in that I came to want to paint “positiveness” in abstract forms rather than taking an intellectual or proactive approach as the Abstract Expressionists did in the 40’s and 50’s.