Creating Zen Bunny~
I started taking Sumi-e Japanese brush painting in 2009 from my Sensei, Takashi Ijichi, with my friend, Le. Although I wanted to quit many times, Le kept me from throwing in the brush. I continued classes for seven years. In 2011, I became a teaching artist, and taught in over 25 schools throughout San Diego County.
My childhood dream was to be a children's book author and illustrate my own book. Zen Bunny was written and illustrated in 2017 while sitting in a park. The answer to the existential question, "What is Bunny nature?" came from a kind passerby walking her dog.
My friend, Sara, was charmed by the artwork and story. She liked the original illustrations, made a few minor edits, and created the layout design for the book.
Zen Bunny was originally printed on Maui and now in San Diego. Working on this project with local businesses and talented friends truly makes Zen Bunny special. Mahalo, Sara, for your joyful contribution to this small yet mighty book!
Will there be a sequel?
Yes, I plan to write many books in the Zen Bunny series. There are more illustrations already complete.
There are four art instructional videos that go along with the illustrations of the book. The videos were filmed by Erick Magana, a co-worker and friend from The Rainforest Art Project.
More to come...