Hi! My name is Akiko Watanabe. I was born and raised in Japan, and currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area. My husband and I have been adopting the stray cats that showed up in our backyard. Some were injured needing help, some were pregnant and gave birth in our home, and some were simply needing a safe home. We were able to find nice homes for some of the kittens and we adopted all the rest. They all live indoors except for the little fenced-in outdoor area where they can enjoy grass and smell of the exciting outside world.

I was always interested in art and is self-taught in painting. Much of my art focuses on nature and expresses my love for animals, domestic and wild. The beauty of these creatures comes from their deep innocence and honesty. Their attentions are never divided. It seems they have mastered the art of living in the moment of NOW. By painting them I aspire to create art as pure and beautiful as them—as if the process of painting will help me find that special treasure revealed deep within their eyes.

Painting satisfies my creative urges as well as educates me. My senses of perception are sharpened as I try to capture my subject’s essence, and I learn more about the nature of these creatures through this process. Through my paintings, I hope that I can share their beautiful nature with you.

Please visit:
My website
My Zazzle store
My blog

I am a proud member of:
Art For Critters
Etsy for Animals

  • Joined: March 2008


Homepage Feature

Thank you Redbubble for featuring my “Be Mine” on your homepage!
Posted almost 4 years – Leave a comment

Thank you Painted Dogs Group!

Today I found out that I have been selected as the 2nd Guest Featured Artist in the Painted Dogs Group. What a wonderful feeling that is! It made my day! / This is a part of a little game created by the hosts of this group to help us aquaint ourselves with one another and to choose one or more of our favorite works of that member, copy it and post it in the Forum to be shared with others. It will…
Posted almost 9 years – 2 comments

Thank you for featuring my Billy in Wildlife and Pet Paintings

I’m so have to find that my Eyes of Billy is featured in the wonderful group Wildlife and Pet Paintings. Thank you Arie and Avril. You made my day!
Posted almost 10 years – 6 comments

Thank you for featuring my Mexican Wolves

My painting “Mexican Gray Wolves” is featured in the Wolves & Wild Kin group. Thank you so much Nic and Marleia. You made my day!! :)
Posted almost 10 years – 4 comments
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