Aki Hoshihara is a Japan-born, Los Angeles based artist with a background in traditional Japanese calligraphy. She studied calligraphy from the age of 5 until 17 under masters, Masamichi Ueno and Ippan Ueno in Kagoshima Japan as a form of martial arts. Her work is best known for the fusion of black Sumi-ink and bright chromatic palette of watercolors and other mixed media. The fluid and sensual brushstrokes – inspired by the beauty and the energy flow of humans and nature - take us to a moment of contemplation and harmony. Sumi ink is used as a conduit to express energy flow with layers of other mediums to draw us into a meditative state and to allow us to reflect on our own consciousness.