Surf board art makes me happy.


I just finished this surf board painting a few days ago and have donated it to what was formerly known as KiteBoard for Cancer but is now called “Athletes for Cancer”.

This piece is dedicated to the memory of Corbin Shays, a father, husband, surfer and kiter who died of brain cancer at the age of 37 on January 4, 2011.  “Oceana” can be seen here as a goddess of the oceans where she plays and finds her strength, sensuality, grace and solace.

Check out the KB4C website for more info on the auction which happens July 14th, Saturday night in Hood River at their VIP party. I am also donating 4 embellished surf art giclees as well.

Before I dropped off my board to Tonia at KB4C this morning, I  showed my board and surf art giclees to Art Coyler at the North Pacific Surfboards factory  and not only did he gave me the full  factory tour which was really cool, he loved my work and has given me the thumbs up to offer my designs to their clientele on their surfboards.  Woohooooo!! They are world renowned surf board shapers and judging by the bevy of surfboards they had lined up for shipping to Santa Barbara, things are going very well for them indeed. Thanks Art for loving my work, I really appreciate it.




















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.