I’m Rika. I was born in Japan but has been living in New Zealand since 2008. While in Japan I graduated from Osaka Art University, majoring in printmaking. At that time I experimented with different copper-plate printing techniques which has greatly influenced my art today. Although I now uses ink and watercolors to create originals instead of prints, the patterns and fine lines still reflect the intricate process of print etching. This unique connection gives my works a special feel and presence that hopefully enables the viewer to get entranced in art. The numerous unique and beautiful animals New Zealand has been a big influence on my art as well as various children’s book illustrators and traditional Japanese art.