Yoko Nishina has been practicing calligraphy since age five. A graduate of Doshisha University, she has taught the art of calligraphy in numerous venues including abroad in Germany, Spain , and Canada.
Sanje Elliott is a painter, calligrapher, musician and teacher from Portland Oregon. In addition to working in oil, acrylic, watercolor etc. Sanje is one of the few teachers of Tibetan Sacred Art, called “Thangka Painting”.
Maya is a translator specializing in Japanese art, and an unconventional Pure Land Buddhist priest and chanoyu practitioner. She currently works at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.
J.C. grew up in Indiana, has a BFA from Indiana University. A Japanophile from birth, he emigrated to Tokyo in 1976 where he studied calligraphy for 14 years. Re-patriated to LA in 1996, he works on design in Asian themed studio films.
After decades of conflict between a very formal Western art education and an even more formal immersion into traditional Japanese art, I have managed to reconcile the two. These traditions have influenced not only the art I create but my entire life in the most literal sense.
Steve Addiss writes that he has studied calligraphy both historically and personally in New York, Kyoto and Taiwan for almost fifty years, but obviously has a long way to go—and wants this long way to go.
Maria Olivieri Quinn
Maria is an artist living in San Francisco who seven years ago became fascinated with Chinese calligraphy which has now become her major focus.
A music and art lover, John enjoys playing the guqin and practicing calligraphy in his spare time. John is a librarian and lives in the Bay Area.
One of the most prominent modern calligraphers in Korea today, Son Man-Jin's work was featured in the exhibition Calligraphic Abstraction at the Seattle Art Museum in 2015.
A lifelong artist, Jef took to Chinese calligraphy as a hobby 20 years ago, studying primarily with Terry Louie (Dan Xin). He has found that Chinese characters have influenced the composition of his paintings in other media.
Terry Louie has been practicing and teaching Chinese calligraphy in Portland Oregan for many years.
Age 3. Lives in Oakland, and has recently learned to draw circles. His grandmother, Liza Dalby, gave him Japanese ink and a brush to see if he could draw an enso. Also likes caterpillars.
Tim Girvin is a calligrapher, illustrator, writer, public speaker and photographer. His company, Girvin Strategic Branding and Design, is an award-winning firm specializing in branding and packaging design.