Misako Oba is a former newscaster and talk show host/director on Japanese television in New York City and in Japan. She was also an experienced editor for Japanese print media. Once she found a personal mission and calling in life on this earth, she turned to be a visual artist and writer/author to convey her perspective and messages instead of merely reporting facts as a journalist.
Personal Interest 😊 Note by Misako OBA:
–Science, constellation💫, night lights, deep thoughts, nostalgia, purple and blue〜.
–Spanish guitar (Love♡the music of the band City of the Sun since I first encountered them in Union Square area in Manhattan, New York City where I lived).
–As I was raised in a musically rich environment, Hamamatsu, Japan where YAMAHA has its headquarter, I practiced an electrical organ since kindergarten, and I used to play guitar, piano, electrical organ, keyboard. I occasionally composed some music and during high school, I was in a hard rock band and performed on live stage, including on local TV and won some contests. (Our vocal and the members were great, so.) However, I am not able to play much anymore after having lost my right pinkie. While I still compose music a little bit for the background music for my visual artwork, I mostly just enjoy listening!♬
It’s funny to have been having a visual art career because I had NO interest in visual arts when I was a chile or in school.
–Languages are always interesting and good tools for me. I used to speak/understand Spanish better than English, but now, when I try to speak Spanish, French comes out. ;_;) I can still understand Spain Spanish (Español). I just didn’t learn Latin American Spanish in college. So, their accents would give me a hard time to get what they say. I have some Latin-American Friends in NYC, but mostly, we communicate in English. French is self-taught due to my art related thing. It must have had for personal communication in France. Before staying in France, I didn’t like French sounds (although everyone says it’s beautiful, right?). Yet, I ended up loving French very much! You will see French influence such as text in my mixed media artworks! Portuguese – It just happened to take a class where my Brazilian friend was teaching. Portuguese is the second language in my hometown in Japan – I wished English would be the second language. So, I thought it’s better to learn Portuguese anyway.
–Latin dance: Fully enjoy dancing salsa both on1 and on2, bachata, and more! During the pandemic since 2020, I cannot go out to a studio or for events, so via doing it online ;). I used to practice Japanese traditional dance and I do other styles including regular club dancing, but I feel the most passionate for salsa (and bachata).
–Steak🍴, Belgium milk chocolate🍫(…can’t stop eating) and red wine🍷. Sometimes enjoy painting with a glass of wine! haha… I can’t drink much, but drink and drew event in Seattle was fun! There are for serious artists ones and not so serious ones.
–Cooking and baking creatively and efficiently. I cook/baked in my apartment in New York, however, started to bake sweet deserts much more frequently after moving to Seattle. It was blessings to share homemade bread and cakes with others at home parties, office, and church events, etc. Baking is my escape and good break from work (painting). So, in that sense, I love kitchen more than art studio. lol. Very relaxing.
In the recent years, I don’t use/consume regular white sugar nor artificial sugar. No additives. There are other natural good ingredients; So, I cook/eat healthy natural food and dishes and sometimes even macrobiotic sweets. (Certified Natural Food coordinator in Japan since 2017.) I am just interested in healthy & tasty ingredients and recipes for my friends, family and myself :).
One more note,
Recently, I also feel passionate and comfortable to work for commissions, besides, of course, gallery exhibitions and its art sales from my projects. I work closely with those who would like to have my artwork; The original artwork for your living room and/or bedroom, for a gift to your friends and loved one, artwork for music album covers or book covers, and so forth. I have done those and enjoyed much. Will share more about the story and the process later. Please check back to this Behind the Scene blog!💜
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me any question using the inquiry form to get acquainted and we can go from there.
Much love and appreciation,