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Eri Motohashi was born on 6 August in 1984 and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She has been painting ceaselessly since her childhood. Her favorite subjects were art and crafts. As a child, she was a big fan of cartoon animations such as Walt Disney and Hanna­ Barbera. Since then, she had longed to live overseas while dreaming of being a painter as well.

Motohashi attended Tokyo Designer Gakuin in 2003. She used to draw cartoon characters however, somehow she painted a lady and found how fascinating it is. Since then, she started to face paint and she is now painting using her fingers as a brush. Motohashi feels that by directly touching her artwork, her soul goes straight into the canvas. That is the reason why she uses her fingers as a brush. That way, she feels closer to her work. Motohashi’s artworks are inspired by music and John William Waterhouse. She loves music, especially alternative rock. She loves the world the music created which is dark and sensitive. John William Waterhouse was a English painter known for working in the Pre­ Raphaelite style. You can see the unique view of the world through the people in Motohashi’s artwork. She shows her feelings through portraits and colors. A person’s beauty comes from within. That is what she wants to express in her artwork and that is the reason why she paints portraits because she thinks that is the most beautiful expression. Also Motohashi wants to inspire people like how she gets inspired. She hopes she can share with a feeling of joy and happiness through all her artwork.

In 2008, when she was 24, Motohashi went on a working holiday to New Zealand. She then moved to Sydney and eventually came back to Japan in 2014. Motohashi thinks that if she communicates with more people in this world or if she would get more experience in her life, her paintings could be better than they are now. She believes what she has in her life will affect all her paintings deeply.