Before spring I sometime paint cherry blossoms, which telling us the coming of spring.
The painting below was painted in 2008. I wasn't aiming at painting an abstract painting, but I tried to depict masses of flowers, branches, and its trunk reflecting the sun against the sky. I wanted to be unique in expression, because the theme of cherry blossoms is somewhat cliche, so I wanted to be very different. From this time I have started to focus on the directions,strength, and use of brushstrokes and pastels.
Sakura, Acrylic and pastel on canvas, 2008, 21"x18", Kikuko Sakota Art, http://www.kikukosakota.com/