I have always loved the beauty and peacefulness of nature, especially flowers and birds. Growing up in Japan, I appreciated their respect of nature and the beauty of artful arrangement. I doodled, drew, and painted all through childhood, then went on to major in Fine Art at George Washington University, with studio work at the Corcoran Gallery. After working in oils for many years, I discovered joy in working with Sumi ink on rice paper, working with strong brush strokes to depict the forces of nature. Sumi-e, or East Asian Brush Painting, is an artistic interpretation of various aspects of nature and life, done with ink-like “sumi” and watercolor on rice paper.

Ms. Waite is a member of the National Sumi-e Society, the Greater Washington Chapter of Sumi-e, Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, Brush Strokes Gallery in Fredericksburg, VA, and the Arlington Artists Alliance’s Gallery Underground and Gallery Clarendon.