Shizuka was born in Japan and studied Communication Design at Parsons. She spent half of her time in New York, with frequent trips to France, developing the sensitivity of a nomad, often trying to identify what constitutes a city, a culture, or a person.
Having been mostly a full-time mother and a graphic designer, Shizuka taught herself to paint seriously in 2022, four years after a dramatic event and a commitment to heal.
In her most recent work, Shizuka encapsulates visions she experienced during meditations or states of mind-body connection. Like a portrait photographer using the lens of her mind’s eye, she captures the visions to later develop their spirit physically, onto canvas or paper. The process is like that of a language interpreter, as she attempts to create feelings, a universal language without physical form.