Yuriko Uematsu Etue
I was born in Tokyo, Japan. At the age of twelve the musical “West Side Story” introduced me to the world of the theater. It inspired me to go on and earn a degree in Scenography and Display from the Musashino Art University in Tokyo.
After honing my skills at various theaters in Tokyo, I moved to the United States and became a resident of Seattle, Washington. There I worked as a Senior Art Designer responsible for creating murals, backdrops, and art designs for museums, hospitals, and theaters.
Soon after, I became a Master Scenic Artist at The Seattle Children's Theater, and also worked as an Assistant Master Scenic Artist for the Seattle Opera.
I moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and have since worked for the City of Los Angeles creating over thirty-five murals and mosaics as a part of their grant program to educate, beautify, inspire, and establish historical value for various locations. Each project is unique and my designs can be seen at numerous schools, parks, and retirement homes throughout the city.
In addition my fine art, including paintings, prints and collages have been exhibited at many galleries including The Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum.
Professionally, I also do pet portraits inspired by my beloved cat, Hana who was a great comfort to me for 18 years.
With my art I strive to inspire, bring joy and happiness to all who see it.