Misaki Kawai poses with a finished painting at her East Hampton residency.
“I think people think I’m pretty messy after seeing my paintings, but I think I’m pretty clean.”
"[Justin] inspires me, but it's good we don't do the same thing."
"Being in nature has influenced my work. Of course, a little bit of everything comes into it.”
“Eat, sleep, paint. It’s winter after all.”
“Every creative person needs a pen and a paper to record their ideas. I’m always sketching.”
“It feels like I’m using almost a different part of my brain when I work on the large scale canvases. Once you get comfortable painting big ones, it’s hard to go back. I’m liking experimenting with different sizes for now.”
“Sometimes I need to walk into center of the canvases to paint. My shoes show it.”
“It started with my drawings on the iPad. I ran out of paper once and it just sort of happened. And, now I’m painting in this new caveman style.”
“I like to keep going. I don’t think I could live with my work long term—I need room to grow.”
“I like climbing—not the crazy, crazy kind, but we went to Base Camp this winter. There was no one there but us. It was beautiful. It was shaped exactly like this. I should go color on the mountain.”