My artwork, with its imagery taken from dreams and fairy tales, appears cute at first glance, but take a closer look. Those pretty girls may be vulnerable but they are in control of their own destinies.
Is Little Red Riding Hood really as innocent as she seems?
In these cautionary tales, I am questioning whether the really scary stuff is found on the outside of the playroom. My work often draws on subconscious fears, but the serenity seen in these portraits expressions indicate that the subjects have found strength from confronting their nightmares. With these works, there’s beauty here too – I am seeking inspiration from nature with flowers and sakura, the much loved cherry blossom my native Japan.