Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan. As a child, she always enjoyed drawing and painting and won many awards in children's art contests. However, art was not her chosen field of study later on. She earned a B.A. in intercultural communication (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan) and an M.A. in international education (UCLA, California). She then worked in international relations positions on both sides of the Pacific.
Throughout her life Keiko has traveled extensively, mainly in European countries, Asia and North America. She always knew there was in her heart the growing desire to someday become an artist. That, fueled by her love of travel and strong interest in other cultures, eventually found its way out in 2003. After learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language.
Mostly self-taught, Keiko started her art career in 2005 when she quit her previous job in international marketing. Since then her paintings have been juried into or invited to participate in many exhibitions around the world. Most recently she was chosen to be an invited guest of honor in several key watercolor exhibitions in France, Italy and Spain.
Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world. She also had her paintings featured in leading art publications in the U.S., Europe and Japan. She self-published several books of her art since 2012. She is also a sought-after workshop instructor. Since 2011, she has completed successfully more than 120 workshops around the world. Keiko currently lives in San Diego, California. In 2015 she was appointed as a Winsor & Newton brand ambassador. firstname.lastname@example.org