Masumi Yoshida (Painter)
Masumi Yoshida was born and raised in Miyagi Prefecture. Although she enjoyed and excelled at drawing from an early age, she never fixated on pictures, and received no formal training. She began to paint in earnest in her early twenties, as a way of confronting the difficulties of the adult world. As if purging her stress through her art, she filled her early paintings with the color black. But after seeing a framed print of van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” on display at an art supply store, she became fascinated with van Gogh’s colorful style, and began experimenting with some oil paints her sister had used in high school. Thenceforth she delved into a world of music and manga, and for the first time developed a keen sense of selfawareness. She felt an emptiness in her paintings, but knew that emptiness wasn’t his goal. What wasn’t working? What did she want? She searched for answers to these questions. Spurred along by the lyrics of songs and the dialog of manga, she gradually rid her art of what she disliked and increasingly defined her desires. She realized that things she once saw as unattainable were in fact available, if only she made an effort to obtain them. A first encounter with the work of Marc Chagall at an art museum in Aomori inspired her to create gentler paintings brimming over with a sense of love. The way she worked his paint around the canvas and her choice of color all began to change. Masumi sees the world as a beautiful place. She considers herself lucky to be surrounded by loving, caring people who support him, and makes every effort to be a source of support for them in return. She sees a powerful beauty in those who live for today in the name of tomorrow, and in those who seek strength so that they can help others. People lose sight all too quickly of the blessing that is life. But it doesn’t take much to pull that blessing back into view. Through her painting, Masumi is constantly seeking and discovering opportunities to bring more blessing into life, in a search for happiness she can share with those he loves.