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The Yacht

One day, when I was ocean-gazing from a spot on Belmont Shore, my eyes fell upon a yacht with a huge yellow sail. Without giving it much thought, I waved at the people on board. They promptly returned a friendly wave.

The yellow sail on the yacht was brilliant. It made a powerful impression, enough for me to want to recreate the scene on canvas. Back in those days, I was still an art student. Making ends meet at a local sushi joint as a waitress. One of the perks of working there, was that they'd allow me to display my work on one of their walls. Upon completion, I decided to give my painting of the Yacht "center stage".

Several months went by. One day, I noticed a man staring at my painting. He stood there frozen, with an expression of astonishment. "This is my boat" he pointed, eyes wide open. I explained the back-story of the piece; when and where I saw the boat, how I waved to the people on board. He first seemed shocked with the abrupt realization of the painting's lineage, and how suddenly he was coupled with its fate. But as the peculiar truth sunk in, he regained himself, and said to me "I must have this painting!". I remember thinking, "Out of all the people in world, my Yacht has chosen to go back to its beloved owner". I was glad the painting was sold to him. And I was very glad I became a painter.

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The Mermaid

At the Sushi restaurant that I worked at, a family with a young girl was a frequent customer. I came to know this family quite well, so one day, I asked the girl what she wanted to be when she grew up.

"A Mermaid!"she exclaimed without hesitation. Now, many will say this is impossible, but with a little artistic intervention, it most certainly can, be possible. Voila! A dream come true.

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The Ballerina

This fair lady is a leading lady in a local ballet troupe. She may have been injured and given up dancing, however, here, in my paiting, her grace will last forever.

A ballet teacher who owns ballet school in Beverly Hills , is now the owner of the piece.

Hopefully it will serve as inspiration for the kids in her class.

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Avocado

I love painting fruits and vegetables. For me, this Avocado's values are its color and form, which serves as a subject for my work. But its full value is only attained afterwards, when I savor its delicious flavor. Yum!

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Bird

My mother in Japan is a fan of birds, and frequents the mountains for birdwatching.

When I think of her from this far away place, I get the urge to paint birds. I've painted many throughout these years.

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Snapdragons

the language of flowers: gracious lady; presumption

All flowers have a meaning. The Victorians used to use flowers as a symbol to express their feelings. Dragon is my Chinese/Japanese zodiac sign. The dragon is the only one imaginary animal in the 12 Chinese/Japaneses zodiac signs. This flower looks very soft and elegant like a lady. At the same time, the flower has strong self esteem like a Dragon.

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