Hishiki, Asuka

  • Tulip & Cabbage Butterfly, Watercolor on paper, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2
  • Tulip & Old World Swallowtail, Watercolor on paper, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2
  • Gooseberry, Watercolor on paper, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
  • Tulips 5, Watercolor, colored pencil on paper, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2

Japanese Contemporary

Ever since I was a small child, I liked two things: to paint, and to flip through the pages of illustrated books of insects, plants, and animals. Until I learned that, centuries ago, scholars took painters with them on their research trips around the world, I never thought of connecting the two. I immediately thought, “How wonderful it would be if I could spend my days traveling around the world drawing plants and insects.” Instead of going out for adventures and finding exciting new species, I found beauty in ordinary vegetables and trees on a street. A common butterfly in my backyard became much more valuable than a rare undiscovered species.

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My style happens to be realistic, but it doesn’t mean I literally copy my subject. I simply do not know how to share the beauty which my eyes capture, except for doing so in a painting.

“Painting from nature is not copying the object, it is realizing one’s sensations.”
– Paul Cezanne

Nature is not only pleasing my eyes. It inspires me in various ways. I wonder, I get curious, and I am amazed. If I see something interesting, my imagination flies like a butterfly. At the same time, it makes me worry. We are facing many, many environmental problems. Recently I have come to understand that I know very little about these issues, but I become aware of them more and more. It is too sad to think that this beautiful day today doesn’t last any longer than it does, but it is even sadder to imagine that a common butterfly won’t be here flying in our backyard for the later generation. Thoughts and worries of this kind are woven into my art works; however, my main motivation in creating them is to share the beauty of nature, celebrating simple joy of experiencing it.