Other than a course in abstract sculpture and another in figurative drawing, Michiko has not been formerly trained in the “fine arts”. She studied Industrial Design during her undergrad at University of Alberta where she focused on toy design and children’s furniture and later, medical design. But, the lack of fine art training did not stop her from picking up a paint brush! Her technique is off and her perspective is often skewed, but she’s always learning about and experimenting with different media and styles.
Since starting medical school, Michiko continues to draw and paint. In the summer of 2011, she enrolled as a Continuing Studies student at Emily Carr and studied the art of print making. During the same summer, she became the first apprentice of Haida Artist Clarence Mills on Granville Island where she studied totem pole carving and repousse jewelry.
In addition to learning about art, Michiko stays involved in the art community. She has showcased her work in art exhibitions across Canada and has published her drawings and illustrations in several medical journals. In her third year of medical school, during her clerkship, she helped curate an art exhibition titled “Following Our Hearts” at the Two Rivers Art Gallery in Prince George, B.C. This exhibition showcased the artwork from medical students, residents, physicians and medical faculty in the Northern Medical Program.
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