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New Beginnings

Anisa Asakawa

Over the past year, there have been a lot of changes in my life. Nick and I moved to Portland, Oregon after 3 years in San Diego. We bought our first house and I gave birth to a sweet baby boy in November. Sadly, my Dad passed away unexpectedly in April which has turned my world upside down. All this time I've been trying to figure out who I am as an artist. If that's not a full emotional plate, I don't know what is! Over last couple of years and especially the past few months, I have found such healing & spirituality through painting. I've always been drawn to landscapes and the magical process of painting: it really is muggle Transfiguration, for all you HP nerds like me! :)

Anisa and baby 

As a new stay-at-home-mom, I realized that I had to make priorities for myself while caring for a new baby. These daily priorities included a shower, exercise, and painting. Yes - I needed to focus on the basics. With the help of family, I found that I could paint during one of Jun's naps and workout during another. Slowly but surely, I've built up a collection of landscape paintings featuring the Pacific Northwest's natural environment. Lots of these scenes are from hikes that either myself or my amazing mother-in-law, Debbie Asakawa, have personally hiked. Besides painting all day, there's nothing greater than spending time outdoors with your family.

anisa painting

When I paint, I'm meditating on the raw energy and beauty of nature. I am in complete wonder. There's something holy to me about that rush of wind, the warmth of the sun, the kiss of rain, and the smell of flowers that feels so reassuring and makes me feel less alone in the universe. I try to capture that divine energy in my paintings. I plan on exploring these feelings through art, my whole life, and this is just the beginning. I hope I can bring some inspiration and joy to your day through my work. Thanks for being here and following along in my spiritual painting journey as I try to make sense of this amazing life.

Sending you peace and love, Anisa


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