I am a full-time design/art freelancer based in Montreal. Born in Japan, raised in Montreal, I was very much influenced by both cultures.


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One taught me to be subtle, calm, premeditated and humble. The other one taught me to be bold, loud, free thinking and proud. As a kid growing up, more than often I found myself contradicting in both my creations and my lifestyle, yet with time, I managed to find harmony between the two ways.

Creating art had a large part of finding the balance and also figuring out myself, my identity. I have spent many years experimenting... Trying to find the “media”, the “tool” that I could relate to. And for many years, I have felt unsatisfied and disconnected from the result of these experiments.

Thinking back at it now, I think I was confused and frustrated in part because of my hunger to please everyone (friends, clients, agents, etc) with my actions and my creations. I was very much fixated on being accepted.

There was a time during my adolescence, that I wouldn't even think about art or creating. I was so preoccupied with the lack of self-image... by the lack of confidence. During my younger adult age, I decided to give art another shot. I guess there was something calling me back to it... not sure what it was... maybe just an intuition... So I started to challenge myself by experimenting with different media applying different styles to my creations. I also started my study in graphic design and after that, I learned different ways of outputting my work such as digital illustrating, sculpting, screen-printing, embroidering etc.

Slowly but surely, I was able to sculpt myself into the person I am today. By just trying stuff and not worrying too much about the result and the achievements. By doing so, I felt free. I felt able and for the first time, I felt in complete confidence. I see now, that back then, I was a bird stuck in an opened roofed cage. All I needed was to look up and see the different possibilities opening up.

Nowadays, I create to open up lines of discussion with the viewers. It's no longer about fearing rejection and seeking acceptance. But even now, I make sure to remember how I got here by constantly challenging my ways and by staying true to my heart by trying my best to keep on expanding my creativity.

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#1 Butterfly

Butterfly

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Jill Thorne 1 month ago

Lever and creative ❤️

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#3 Dragonfly

Dragonfly

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sexy_scorpio_3MD 1 month ago

so simple yet elegant and pretty!

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#4 Ladybug

Ladybug

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Sally Oyston 1 month ago

❤️

#5 Black Widow

Black Widow

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jasmine chilton 1 month ago

I was quick to scroll past this one because it was a spider until I realised how beautiful it really was!

#6 Firefly

Firefly

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sexy_scorpio_3MD 1 month ago

Haha, so cute! I love the "light" effect!

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#7 Moth

Moth

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Maebelle 1 month ago

I love the use of the different coloured flowers for the antenna.

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#8 Beetle

Beetle

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Hikari 1 month ago

I love how scale-like the petals are!