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Akiko Watanabe was born and raised in Japan. She studied electrical engineering, Japanese art and culture, and English, and became a professional technical translator of English and Japanese. In 1981 she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she and her husband share their home with their large family of rescue cats, who are often the models for her art.

Akiko was always interested in art and is self-taught in painting. Her media include acrylics, watercolor, colored pencils, and pastel, and her favorite subjects include cats and wildlife, sometimes with a Japanese theme.



  Publications
Green_bullet AcrylicWorks5: Bold Values: Jamie Markle, North Light Books, May, 2018
Green_bullet AcrylicWorks4: Captivating Color: Jamie Markle, North Light Books, April, 2017
Green_bullet Art Journey ANIMALS - A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks: Jamie Markle, North Light Books, December, 2016
Green_bullet AcrylicWorks3: Celebrating Texture: Jamie Markle, North Light Books, Mar 30, 2016
Green_bullet The Contemporary Art of Nature: Mammals, Rooney, Ashley, ed. Schiffer Publishing 2015
Green_bullet AcrylicWorks2: Radical Breakthroughs: Jamie markle, North Light Books, Mar 12, 2015
Green_bullet Best of Worldwide Wildlife & Animal Artists Volume I, Kenney Publishing, 2011
 
Awards
Green_bullet Award of Merit at the 13th Annual International Miniature Art Show hosted by Heartland Art Guild, Paola, KS, 2017
Green_bullet Developpment International Desjardins award in the 9th edition Internationale D'art Miniature at Galerie Louise-Carrier, Levis, Canada, 2017
Green_bullet Sponsor Award in the 25th International Miniature Show at Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA, 2017
Green_bullet Third Place at Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show hosted by Alabama Miniature Art Society in Mobile, AL, 2017.
Green_bullet Marion Winter Best of Acrylic Media in the 33rd Annual Cider Painters of America Miniature Art show, Dallas, PA, 2016
Green_bullet Honorable Mention in Winter Show of Small Works at Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA, 2016
Green_bullet 1st Place in Birds & Animals category at 83rd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature hosted by The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS), 2016
Green_bullet Judge's Award in International Exhibition on Animals in Art hosted by LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, LA, 2016
Green_bullet 2nd place in Acrylic at 41st Annual International Miniature Art Show hosted by Miniature Art Society of Florida  (MASF), 2016
Green_bullet Finalist in Animals/Wildlife category in the Southwest Art Magazine "32nd Annual Artistic Excellence" competition, top 77 out of 1,071 entries, published December 2015 issue, 2015
Green_bullet 3rd place in Winter Show of Small Works hosted by Parklane Fine Art Gallery, Kirkland, WA, 2015
Green_bullet 2nd place and Honorable Mention at Miniature Show hosted by MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney, MT, 2015
Green_bullet Honorable Mention at 31st Annual Miniature Art Exhibition hosted by Council For The Arts Gallery, Chambersburg, PA, 2015
Green_bullet Honorable Mention at 31st Annual Miniature Art Exhibition hosted by Council For The Arts Gallery, Chambersburg, PA, 2015
Green_bullet Animals Award in the 32nd Annual Cider Painters of America Miniature Art show, Dallas, PA, 2015
Green_bullet Second place in Acrylic at 32nd Annual North American Miniature Art Exhibit hosted by The Art Gallery of Fells Point, Baltimore, MD, 2015
Green_bullet Honorable Mention in Birds & Animals in Birds & Animals category at 82nd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature hosted by The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS), 2015
Green_bullet First Place in the water media category in 2015 Wildlife and Domestic Animal Juried Art Exhibition hosted by Irving Art Association, Irving, TX, 2015
Green_bullet Best of Acrylic in 9th Annual Miniature Fine Art Show hosted by Artistic Designs Gallery, Brownsburg, IN, 2015
Green_bullet Award of Merit in 11th Annual International Miniature Art Show hosted by Heartland Art Guild, Paola, KS, 2015
Green_bullet Honorable Mention in 17th Annual Juried Kenmore Art Show, Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA,  2015
Green_bullet Merit Award and Honorable Mention in 2015 Annual National Miniature Show hosted by Prairie Winds Art Center, Gland Island, NE, 2015
Green_bullet Best of Show in the 23rd International Miniature Show at Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA, 2015
Green_bullet 1st in Animal and 2nd in Portrait at Elizabeth Specht Memorial Miniature Show hosted by Sierra Artists' Gallery, Mariposa, CA, 2015.
Green_bullet Best of Show at Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show hosted by Alabama Miniature Art Society in Mobile, AL, 2015.
Green_bullet Elected to a signature member of Miniature Artists of America (MAA) in 2015
Green_bullet Award of Excellence in the 14th Annual National Miniature Exhibition in Renaissance Art Gallery, Huntington, WV, 2014
Green_bullet 3rd Place in Birds & Animals category at 81st Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature hosted by The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS), 2014
Green_bullet Bette Search Memorial Award in the 31st Annual Cider Painters of America Miniature Art show, Dallas, PA, 2014
Green_bullet Best of Show in the 31st Annual North American Miniature Art Exhibition at Art Gallery of Fells Point, Baltimore, MD, 2014
Green_bullet Runner-Up and Honorable Mention in the miniature art show hosted by Prairie Winds Art Center, Gland Island, NE, 2014
Green_bullet 2nd Sponsor Award in the miniature art show at Parklane Art Gallery, Kirkland, WA, 2014
Green_bullet 3rd Place in Spanish Moss Show hosted by Alabama Miniature Art Society, Mobile, AL, 2014
Green_bullet Best Cat - Domestic or Wild at 39th International Show hosted by Miniature Art Society of Florida  (MASF), 2014
Green_bullet Merit award in 13th Annual National Miniature Exhibition at The Renaissance Art Gallery, Huntington, WV, 2013
Green_bullet Honorable Mention in MINIATURES: The Little Picture Show at WaterWorks Art Museum,  Miles City, MT, 2013
Green_bullet Honorable Mention in Birds & Animals category at 80th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature hosted by The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS), 2013
Green_bullet Animals Award at Cider Painters of America national miniature art show, Dallas, PA 2013
Green_bullet 2nd Place in Acrylic in 30th Annual North American Miniature Art Exhibition hosted by The Art Gallery of Fells Point, Baltimore, MD, 2013
Green_bullet Honorable Mention in Miniature Art Show hosted by Heartland Art Guild, Paola, KS 2013
Green_bullet 2013 Artist of the Year in San Mateo Country Fair, San Mateo, CA, 2013
Green_bullet 3rd Place in Miniature Exhibition hosted by Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, FL, 2013
Green_bullet 3rd Place in Spanish Moss Show hosted by Alabama Miniature Art Society, Mobile, AL, 2013
Green_bullet Honorable Mention in Birds & Animals category at 38th Annual juried show hosted by Miniature Art Society of Florida, 2013
Green_bullet 3rd place in Art in Miniature hosted by Art & Antique Studio & Gallery, Melbourne, FL, 2012.
Green_bullet Animals Award at Cider Painters of America national miniature art show, Dallas, PA 2012
Green_bullet Best of Show in Wildlife Juried Art Competition, Irving Art Association, Irving, TX, 2012
Green_bullet 1st place in Landscape at Elizabeth Specht Memorial Miniature Show hosted by Sierra Artists' Gallery, Mariposa, CA, 2012
Green_bullet Best of Show and Nall Foundation Award at Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show in Mobile, AL, 2012.
Green_bullet 2nd place in Acrylic category at 37th Annual juried show hosted by Miniature Art Society of Florida, 2012
Green_bullet 1st place in Art in Miniature hosted by Art & Antique Studio & Gallery, Melbourne, FL, 2011.
Green_bullet Newbie Award at Cider Painters of America national miniature art show, Dallas, PA 2011.
Green_bullet Honorable Mention in Oils/Acrylics category at 78th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature hosted by The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS), 2011
Green_bullet Front cover image  on BEST OF WORLDWIDE Wildlife & Animal ARTISTS VOLUME 1
Green_bullet Merit Award at Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show in Mobile, AL, 2011
Green_bullet 3rd place in Birds & Animals category at the 77th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature hosted by The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS), 2010.
Green_bullet 1st place in 2009 Wildlife Art Competition at Irving Art Association in Texas
Green_bullet Accepted in the 23rd International Exhibition on Animals in Art at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2010
Green_bullet San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo, California, in August 2009 (Five awards: Best of Show, 1st and 2nd place in Domestic Animals in Oil/Acrylic; 2nd place in Wildlife in Oil/Acrylic; 1st place in Birds in Oil/Acrylic; 1st place in Miniature Paintings)
Green_bullet Finalist in BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009
Green_bullet 2007 eBay Artist's Choice Awards (Three awards: 1st place in ACEO Animal; 2nd place in ACEO Best; Honorable mention in Large Format Animals)
Green_bullet Accepted in The 52nd Annual Exhibition by National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, inc., in New York in July, 2005