In 1992 Mikiko Kudo left Japan to come to America to pursue her dream. Her background was in science until then. She taught math, biology, and chemistry at a secondary school in Kenya as a Japanese Peace Corp Volunteer for two years prior to moving to America. After the life changing experience in Kenya, she decided to follow her passion to go back to school to study art. She wanted to become an artist. Vincent Van Gogh, whom she admires, started painting when he was 27, and she was now beginning to study art at the same age.

She received a B.A. in Fine Arts in 1996 from Columbia College, Chicago. After graduation, she worked as a graphic designer in Chicago, met her husband Jon and had their first daughter there. They moved to Dripping Springs, TX in 2004 to raise their family. Once the youngest son started school, she had more time available and began to paint again.
She likes to paint her family's portraits, still life, landscape and nature. She enjoys playing violin, reading books, and gardening. Her family enjoys the country life and activities like camping, kayaking, sailing, and playing music.
In the last few years, her paintings have been shown in local galleries and public spaces including Hays County Government Center, Kyle City Hall, and Wimberley Community Center.
Education

1996      Columbia College, Chicago, IL, B.A. Fine Arts, Graphic Design

1988      Iwate University, Iwate, Japan, Bachelor’s Degree of                   Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry