Five paintings in five days in artist workshop with Milt Kobayashi!

I just got back from a wonderful week of creativity and learning at the Scottsdale Artists School in Arizona with NY based and world renowned artist, Milt Kobayashi. I painted five paintings in five days and this painting is where I finally “got it” and all those hours standing next to his palette while he did his daily morning demos came together for me. I can’t wait to get back to work and let his teachings evolve through me and my brushes.

Michelle Yamamoto

On this journey starting from Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo to Beijing, China and Manila, Philippines to Whistler, B.C. to and now on a lake way south of Seattle, in the USA I’ve found incredible inspiration in the places I’ve lived and the people I have met have informed and engendered my creative expression. These surf art pieces have been a creative culmination beginning with my first surf art show in Whistler BC, some 8 years ago. Now, after over 20 solo and group art shows, tradeshows and my prints featured in 20 retail and hotels in North America I have taken my art to the next level introducing my first line of journals and purses in early 2012. This fusion of ancient Eastern philosophies together with the strength, courage and grace that is demanded of the surfer, are metaphors that are meant to invite the viewer to explore our own inner journeys and how life at play… be it skiing, surfing or snowboarding or whatever, is our meditation and where we express our courage, strength and passion.