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Etsuko Kaji

Abstract Impressionist from Ladysmith BC

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Etsuko Kaji

I was born and raised in Tokyo; one of the busiest, crowded cities in the world. My parents sent me to ballet, piano and painting lessons at the age of 3. I never forgot the challenge and excitement to paint a still life pomegranate at that age. I continued to take art classes while I was in school. I studied English Lit. & Western Fine Art History at university, which was the most fascinating and fun time of my youth. I worked at one of the most well-known private art galleries in Ginza, Tokyo before I immigrated to Canada.
My husband and I moved many places; Victoria, Calgary, Williams Lake (my husband’s hometown), Vancouver and finally Ladysmith. I worked many years in the corporate world in Canada, aiming to reach top management until my family and I realized that something was not right. My husband and I made a big step to start our new journey and follow my true passion, Yoga and Painting. Now we are nestled in this amazing community where my Yoga studio and art studio are located. We also have a new addition to our family, Kuri (3 year-old Pomchi girl ).
My yoga practice and painting enable me to move my body and to express my feelings/thoughts and let me focus within. I am inspired from whatever I see and feel around me, and love to transfer the images onto canvas.
I am currently an active member at Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery where I regularly participate in the monthly exhibitions as well as volunteer. I am also a member of Cowichan Valley Arts Council. You can also find me teaching Vinyasa Flow & Core yoga class at Frank Jameson Community Centre and Gentle Hatha classes at my home studio, Yoga Luna.
My journey as an artist on the island has just begun! I am deeply grateful for the loving support from my family, friends, teachers and the community. Namaste…

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