“My goal as an artist and writer is to help people find joy and meaning in their daily lives and deepen their connections with the people they love.” — Annette Makino

“My goal as an artist and writer is to help people find joy and meaning in their daily lives and deepen their connections with the people they love.”

— Annette Makino

Annette Makino is an artist and haiku poet who combines joyful, vibrant paintings with original words. She founded Makino Studios in 2011 to share her work with the world.

Makino paints with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors using bamboo brushes. As is traditional in Asian art, she stamps each painting in red with one of her personal seals.

Much of Makino’s work is inspired by the Japanese tradition of haiga, artwork combined with haiku so the image and words deepen and enrich each other. She also draws on techniques of Japanese woodblock prints and etegami—hand-painted postcards combining words and images.

Growing up with a Japanese father and a Swiss mother, Makino has lived in both Japan and Europe. Since 1986, she has made her home in Arcata, California, where she lives on a redwood-covered hillside with her husband, two children and a dog.

Makino comes to her work with more than thirty years experience in writing and graphic design as a communications specialist for nonprofit organizations. She has a degree in international relations from Stanford University. In Arcata, she has studied painting with Leslie Kenneth Price, Mark Dean Johnson and Alan Sanborn.

Publications: Makino’s work has appeared in the leading English-language haiku and haiga journals, including Frogpond, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Acorn, HaigaOnline, and DailyHaiga, among others. Her work has also appeared in several Red Moon anthologies of the best English-language haiku of the year and The Wonder Code by Scott Mason.

Awards and Shows: Makino’s poems have won awards in the Gerald Brady Senryu Contest, the Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest, and the the ukiaHaiku Festival's Jane Reichhold International Prize and Dori Anderson Award. In addition, a poem was shortlisted for The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Award for best haiku of the year.

Makino has exhibited her art around Northern California. Her work has shown at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, the Brenda Tuxford Gallery and the Redwood Art Association Gallery, all in Eureka; the Corner Gallery in Ukiah; and the Mateel Cooperative Art Gallery in Garberville, among other places.


You can follow Annette on Instagram @annettemakino.