Mariko is a local artist in Utah. She has illustration, painting and a Graphic Design background. She graduated and received her BS degree in Graphic Design at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan, and received her Master’s degree at Tokyo University of the Arts in Visual Design. She studied Drawing, Illustration, Graphic Design, and Japanese Ink Painting during her college years. She worked as an Illustrator, Graphic Designer, and Character Designer using her drawing skills in Tokyo for 10 years. Her paintings were recently selected for the Utah Watercolor Society spring and fall show, Springville spring and fall art shows, Annual Utah State Art Exhibitions at Rio Grande, Hogle Zoo art show, and she received several awards at those art shows. She has taught art classes at her home-studio in Utah since 2009 and many of her students received awards at various local and state art shows.