Artist's Statement

My name is Kei Tanaka. I am an artist from Saskatoon. Currently, I am working on my BFA in Studio Arts at the University of Saskatchewan. During class, I love to work in oil paints, though primarily I work in watercolours when I do my illustrations. 

In December of 2019, I published my first book, The Nutcracker. This is my first step in my journey of children's story books and illustration. It was the perfect combination of my two passions: ballet and art. Originally I illustrated it for my ballet teacher and through her encouragement I self published my first book. I can not give her enough thanks for her support and encouragement. The Nutcracker is available to buy at McNally Robinson and Saskmade Market Place in Saskatoon or through my website. 

My main portfolio that I've been working on (especially through the quarantine) is Animal Friends. This is my watercolour pieces of animals wearing clothing doing quirky things. Many of the suggestion of these pieces come from my friends suggesting an animal and an era and from there I create little scenes and stories of the animals. 

Thank you for your continued support of my art. I hope my art has brought a smile to your face and some happiness to your heart. 

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