This is a beautiful temple with many old wooden buildings. I have painted here many times because of the lovely views and the peaceful atmosphere. But on one occasion I annoyed a monk with a speck of blue paint.
This is a story about a cycling trip by a Japanese river that I did around 2010. During this trip I came across a beautiful emerald green rice field. I did a plein air sketch of this rice field. And later on I did a studio painting from this sketch.
Here are some of my earliest cityscape paintings in Japan. These paintings are of a place called Shinmachi which is near Oita city center. I also talk about the four times I became interested in art throughout my life.
This painting is very old and very valuable to me. I lived in this apartment with my wife and her two children. I first came to Japan in 1999 and about one year later I was living in this apartment. I lived here for about 6 or 7 years.
I painted this picture a long time ago. I think around 2005 but that is just a rough guess. I had climbed up a mountain called Kuju in Oita prefecture and it had inspired me to do a painting of a mountain scene.
This is one of my old paintings. I’m not sure of the exact year that I painted it but I think that it must have been between 2005 and 2010. I have thrown away nearly all of my old work from that period but this is one that I kept.