Kyoko Hirota was born in Chiba, Japan and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to Fort Bragg in June 2016. Her art practice began early in her childhood. She followed her friend to an oil painting class at a small artist studio and instantly fell in love with the life of an artist. She continued to draw and paint through her school years and studied at University of California, Berkeley, where she finished with a BFA in Practice of Art in 2008. Kyoko’s current work draws inspiration from the Japanese concept of Yaoyorozunokami, where it’s believed that there is a spirit in all things. Whether it be a fruit, animal, cup, or mountain, she portrays them as having feelings and personality. She currently works in sumi-ink, but has previously worked in oils, acrylics, and other mixed media. Check out her beautiful website, and follow her two Instagram accounts. Illustration, and Drawing.