Motoko Kamada was born in Japan and moved to Los Angeles a number of years ago. Her studio is in her home which is reminiscent of the quaint houses seen in the bay area. Upon entering I was immediately drawn to the tranquility of the space where dozens of paintings filled her studio walls. Using a palette of cool and warm muted colors, she captures both energy and emotion using broad brush strokes producing images that seem to have a presence which speaks to the observer of a time passed. When asked what is the source of her subject matter and figures she explained how the paintings were a reference to old black and white family photographs, and the loss of memories and history with the passing of a parent.