Environment exerts a profound influence as I witness, with awe, how the ever-changing light transforms the colors and textures of land, sea, and sky from dawn till nightfall. The movements, sounds, and hues of water are integral to my sensibility.

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I'm drawn to the simplicity and universality of geometric shapes and flow lines wherever I look, noticing them even on this marble bench along a river walkway in Kyoto. I observe that space is as important as form, if not more so.

It is in those in-between places that we have an opportunity to pause, leaving behind, even if only briefly, the tumult and busyness of everyday life. Art has the power to provide not only an experience of aesthetic pleasure, but also a refuge where it's possible to be fully present and know serenity. A moment of rest in the middle of things can change the whole day.