It's a pleasure and honor to be able to lend a hand in the celebration of World Bonsai Day at the museum which has been such an inspirational in my current body of work. The above is one such work. In many ways this bonsai was my first love, it was literally the first tree I saw when I walked into the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum after they opened following the pandemic. It is a Japanese Black Pine. I've sketched this tree in graphite, painted it in watercolor, and created a wood block print of it. It seems each medium, for me reveals a different aspect of its beauty.
I've also enjoyed learning more about World Bonsai Day by reading the words of its founder, Master Sabuto Kato.