Kazumi Cranney

kazumihaiga@yahoo.com English
www.kazumiart.com United States

Kazumi Cranney has been a resident of Berkeley, California for over 30 years and has been working in watercolor and other media during this time.
She arrived in the U.S. in 1972 and, in addition to her previous studies in Japan, studied art at California State University, Hayward and the University of California at Berkeley.

For any graduate in Fine Arts it takes time to find one's place in the art world, but, being a foreigner, she especially struggled with this question. Gradually she came to realize how important her Japanese background was to her, even if it did not fit neatly into the American art culture. She began to develop her work along traditional Japanese lines rather than in the Western tradition that she studied in college.

She found her way through haiga. She composed haiku poems and expressed them in Japanese calligraphy and simple watercolor paintings, that is, haiga. She has made presentations or demonstrations of haiga to such groups as the American Association of University Women, the Japanese Information Center of the Japan Consulate General in San Francisco, and other local groups and art galleries.

Her work has been displayed at various locales in the Bay Area including the Japan Cultural Community Center and Gallery Voyage in San Francisco, the Berkeley Art Center, and the San Ramon Community Center. Last August two of her haiga were selected by the Berkeley Art Center for their National Juried Exhibition. She is an artist member of the Berkeley Art Center and of the National League of American Pen Women. NLAPW is a professional organization for women artists and writers headquartered in Washington, D.C.


Author: Kazumi Cranney
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