Fumiko Kimura believes the purpose of art is to keep us spiritually and physically healthy – in touch with our feelings and aware of others. She writes:
When I walk the forest floor or grassy park instead of concrete sidewalks, I feel the full earth’s energy coming through my feet and body into my soul. Nature is a place where I receive my inspiration to create and evolve new paintings." Over the years Ms. Kimura has combined her use of sumi and watercolor with collage to render these feelings.
Artist, teacher, activist, and publisher Fumiko has received over 40 awards in regional, national, and international competition. These include the 1994 Washington Sate Artist Trust Grant Award and the Pierce County 1988 Artist of the Year Award.
Her list of solo and group shows include the Bellevue Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Kyoto International Cultural House, and the Wing Luke Asian Museum.
In 1985 Fumiko Kimura co-founded the Puget Sound Sumi Artists Association.
Swedish Hospital, Seattle
Washington State Historical Society
Plum Creek Timber Co., Seattle
Key Bank, Tacoma
City of Tacoma
Penwalt Corporation, Tacoma
University of Puget Sound