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Okinawa, Asia captured on canvas by American artists

Date Posted: 2007-10-18

Two American ladies living and working on Okinawa have put brush to canvas, capturing the vibrancy of the island.

The artists, Mark Kathryn Dunston and B Chrisse Harwanko, say their paintings are inspired by the Okinawan people and culture. Their works are on display this week at Plaza House Shopping Center in Okinawa City. The exhibition is open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and runs through Sunday.

Dunston, married to a U.S. Marine and the mother of four, calls herself a self-taught artist who found the kindness and patience of Okinawans an inspiration for her paintings. “From driving to maintaining their yards, to serving me as a customer,” she says, “I have seen a consistent desire for Okinawans to take their time and do each task well. It’s wonderful.” She’s taken that perspective to her paintings of fishermen, gardeners and of schoolgirls walking under umbrellas.

“I also enjoy painting nature,” says Dunston. She’s painted pictures of local beaches and the turquoise waters of Okinawa, and of foreign flowers. Her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, and career vocation as a cartographer and elementary school teacher, helped cultivate her artistic skills. “I feel art is meant to feed the soul, and to giver our brains a chance to relax and smile.”

Harwanko, a Delaware native who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, is a school teacher at Bob Hope Primary School. Prior to Okinawa, she lived 25 years in Panama, where she first began painting. Traveling and scuba diving in both Latin America and Asia have provided inspiration for her paintings. Many of her works pay tribute to cultural motifs, symbols and nature, including shisa and pottery, the kimono, and flora and fauna.

She’s expanded her portfolio to underwater and land photography, using multiple media to combine photos with traditional art techniques. “These images are printed or collaged onto Gettoshi, an Okinawan paper, or onto watercolor paper, “ she says. Her painting “Nemo’s Alien Cousin” displays the use of watercolor, photography andrice paper collage. It is on display at Plaza House.

Harwanko has been exhibiting her batiks, mixed media paintings, ink drawings and photography in shows and collections around the world for the past three decades. Insight into Harwanko’s work is on her website, www.harwanko.com.

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