Naoko’s artwork is made of hundreds of very small slices of natural/ oil-dyed woodchips on board. The variety of wood grain is very beautiful and the pattern is never the same. The combination of natural grains creates interesting shadows and impressions. When seen from a distance, her artwork looks like a painting the details of the work slowly emerge when viewer comes closer. Bright, fun, and unusual subjects attract and inspire her to work in new directions. Mysterious creatures and Illusions are recurring themes in her work.
She has exhibited her art at SAM Gallery, ArtXchange gallery, Northwind Art Center Gallery, Nordstrom Corporate Gallery, Lynnwood Convention Center, FCA Gallery Vancouver-BC, The Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, General Electric Cultural Gallery, and Whatcom Museum in Bellingham.
Before moving into the US, she taught art at Yokohama and Tokyo community centre and Canadian Embassy etc, as well as being a freelance illustrator. She had worked at a Trading Company in Tokyo, Japan where she worked for package designs for Godiva Chocolate, and Twining Tea Company. Winners London Creative Competition 2013 by International Awards Inc, New York/London.