Ayumi Matsuba was born in Japan. In 2010, she earned MFA from New York Academy of Art. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Miami, and London. Currently, she lives and works in Singapore.
I often begin my painting based on the inspiration I get from nature. Even in the city environment where I live, I see beauty in pieces of nature, such as trees, flowers, water and small animals in parks and sidewalks.
My recent works are loosely representational with many visible brushstrokes. Although I start with representational images, from the certain point, I ignore the original picture and paint from my imagination. The process is very fluid and organic. In this process, I often add female figures to the painting, which I see myself in. The result becomes quite different from the initial image.
At the end, the painting becomes more about my psyche rather than what I see in nature.