Artist Keiko Tanabe

“San Diego Bay Morning”

The January Meeting at Joslyn Center will feature Keiko Tanabe demonstrating her  accomplished watercolor style.

“Santa Barbara Harbor”


Be sure to arrive early to vote for Painter of the Month and to get a good seat to watch this fascinating artist.




Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan.  As a child, she always enjoyed drawing and painting and won many awards in children’s art contests.  However, art was not her chosen field of study later on.  She earned a B.A. in intercultural communication (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan) and an M.A. in international education (UCLA, California).  She then worked in international relations positions on both sides of the Pacific.

In the last 25 years, she has traveled extensively, mainly in European countries, Asia and North America. Through all these years, Keiko knew there was in her heart the growing desire to someday become an artist.  That, fueled by her love of travel and strong interest in other cultures, eventually found its way out in 2003.  After learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language.

Mostly self-taught, Keiko started her art career in 2005 when she quit her previous job.  Since then her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions across America and in Asia and Europe.  Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world.  She also had her paintings published in leading art magazines in the U.S. and France.  She self-published several books of her art in 2012 and in 2013.

Keiko currently lives in San Diego, California.  She’s also a sought-after workshop instructor.  Since 2011, she has completed successfully more than 50 workshops around the world.  In the U.S., she has been invited to teach at venues such as the San Diego Watercolor Society (California), South Bay Watercolor Society (California), Southwestern Watercolor Society (Texas), Northstar Watermedia Society (Minnesota), and Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs (Florida) and Santa Barbara City College (California).



- National Watercolor Society (USA), signature member

- American Watercolor Society (USA)

- North American Watercolor Artists (USA), founding member

- Japan Watercolor Society (Japan)








- 1st International Watercolour Biennial, Shenzhen, China

- “New Direction” Two-Person Watercolor Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

- 4th Annual Signature American Watercolor Exhibition, California, U.S.A.

- Les Aquarellades, Mons, Belgium

- 2013 Juried Biennial, California, U.S.A.

- Printemps de l’Aquarelle, Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, France




- Solo Exhibition, Izmir Painting and Sculpture Museum, Izmir, Turkey

- 2nd Annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Arizona, U.S.A.

- 3rd Annual Signature American Watercolor Exhibition, California, U.S.A.

- “Stepping Over the Line” (Group Exhibition of the North American Watercolor Artists), Strathmore Mansion, Maryland, U.S.A.