Friday, January 1, 2021

New Playgounds

What motivates me and why I keep creating: to paint or make things, even if my efforts get no attention is because it's FUN. The bottom line is it's FUN to create things. It's utterly exciting to think a mere idea is transformed into actual being. It always has been that way.

Nature is my subject matter. I didn't consciously choose it but as I spend more time on the trail or in the woods, it takes me into an another world. It's like building a relationship with that place and making some personal connections.  When I see work of art I could relate to, it doesn't require an explanation, there's an immediate connection.  The first time I saw one of original sunflower paintings done by Van Gogh was one of those moments. They take me to a place to another world, ideal world I'd like to be in and never want to leave. I get same sensation with the film or music I love, they take me to the imaginary landscapes. 

When I’m in the wilderness or on a trail, I gaze at the details of its elements. I get mesmerized by the intricacy and wonder of how leaves or rocks are formed. The idea of the theme, ISLANDS, stems from those details. They are an amplification of those details found in the nature. The textures, lines, and patterns we find in  nature are magnified, caricatured and arranged in their visual uniqueness.

I wanted to continue to create highly abstract images to be open for various interpretations. These are visual play of the nature found in the islands. They are like miniature playgrounds built in make-believe world.   

Yukio Kevin Iraha


Monday, December 7, 2020

objet d'art

Here's preview of what's coming in January. 

Upcoming Featured Art Exhibit consist series of new mixed media art with the theme entitled: ISLANDS.  The exhibit starts off on January 1, 2021 with ten miniature three-dimensional papermache abstract objet d'art. Featured Art Exhibit is the artist’s year round online art show on official site.


Wednesday, October 28, 2020


Working on my new theme: Islands.  Series of preliminary sketches started earlier this year. Just started out using plane pencil, sketchbook and very much automatic drawing method.





I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me... shapes and ideas so near to me... so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down... -Georgia O'Keefe

The artist has only to remain true to his dream and it will possess his work in such a manner that it will resemble the work of no other man.  -Albert Pinkham Ryder

Wednesday, September 16, 2020



Trip to Okinawa last year brought so many unexpected and surprising perspectives. I had not been there for more than thirty years, it was quite an eye-opening event. First, the humidity was unbearable. Living in much cooler climate, i.e. Washington state, it felt like sauna and made breathing taxing. Though once I’d gotten used to it, its thalassotherapy was definitely a welcoming treat.

There was some stress relieving quality being in the island.  When I gazed into the crack of dawn around 4 am, it felt as though time had stopped and caught in the moment of utter beauty of the sun: just peeking out behind still slightly fragmented clouds. That sight was breathtaking and memorable to say the least.



Yukio Kevin Iraha

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Spring Walk

Took a nice long walk on the trail and found something to smile about. There is definitely a sign of spring all over the neighborhood. 

-Yukio Kevin Iraha 

Sunday, April 19, 2020


Automatic drawing/sketches. It's essentially a visual exercise of whatever came to mind.  (Updated. 6/13/2020.)

River (autodrawings)

River (autodrawing 00).

-Yukio Kevin Iraha