Biography:
I am a third generation Japanese American, Los Angeles based artist, born in Sacramento, California. Creating art has been a passion that began in early childhood.
Largely self-taught, I learned life drawing and design through high school, college classes and from studying art of the masters. My art spans over 45 years creating graphite, colored pencil and oil paintings.
I received an official commendation from the City of Los Angeles for an outstanding contribution of art; donating “Flight of Hands” to five Southern California medical centers; including a drawing, “A Parisian Wreath,” to the French Embassy of Los Angeles for the people of France after the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. I have written a book, “Eileen Oda: A Lifetime of Art;” shown art in juried shows and have developed art collaborations with artists from the United States, Germany, and, the United Kingdom.

Artist’s Statement:
Creating art is like magic because feelings can be converted into pictures allowing the viewer a unique opportunity to be able to visualize it with an interpretation of their very own.

I have an enthusiastic response to seeing our world and creating art in a style I have coined, “exsculpaintism.” This method uses densely applied oil paint creating textures that offer a wide range of emotions. Loading a paintbrush with a generous amount of paint and placing it on a canvas creates a three dimensional effect similar to sculpting with paint. The overall effect exaggerates the intensity and overall feel of the painting, creating a more visceral response for the viewer.

Oil painting allows a direct, bold interpretation of the world in a free manner with an immediacy and impact that I hope will draw people to come in for a close examination.

Solo Exhibitions:
May 15, 1999: Donation of “The Dream” for the Hyperion Dedication for the Environmental Learning Center City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works for posters and cards, El Segundo, CA
January 22, 2016: Donation Presentation of the drawing, “A Parisian Wreath” to diplomat, Ms Lilya Israleylan at the French Embassy for the People of France, Los Angeles, CA
March 2016: Presentation of donation, “Flight of Hands” to art curator, John T. Lange of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
April, 2016: Presentation of “Flight of Hands” to Playa Vista Medical Center, on display in their permanent collection, Playa Vista, CA
May 24, 2016: Presentation of “Flight of Hands,” to art curators, Debby Doolittle and Bob Sage at UCLA Medical Center, on display in the permanent collection, Los Angeles, CA
June 11, 2016: Donation presentation of “Flight of Hands” to Chief of Cardiology, Dr. Donald Chang, on display in the permanent collection at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center, Los Angeles, CA
August 8, 2016: Presentation of donation, “Flight of Hands” to Chief of Voluntary Services, Sadie, Stewart at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center for display in the permanent collection at the Radiation Oncology patient’s waiting room, Los Angeles, CA
February 28, 2017: Presentation of donation, “Flight of Hands” to Chief of Oncologic Surgery, Dr. Lawrence Wagman, at the Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment at St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA

Group Exhibitions:
February 1-March 16, 2017: Why I Heart MB Art Exhibition at Manhattan Beach City Hall, Manhattan Beach, CA
June 25, 2017: Storrier Stearns Japanese Botanical Garden Art Festival, Pasadena, CA
July 7-9, 2017: Outside the Lines Art Exhibition at the Manhattan Beach Art Center, Manhattan Beach, CA
October 1-30, 2017: Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition at the Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena, CA
October 14, 2017: Pasadena ARTWalk, Pasadena, CA
January 20-February 10, 2018: Pasadena Society of Artists New Members Art Exhibition at Towns Burr Gallery, Burbank, CA

Awards and Honors:
May 15, 1999: Official Commendation from the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works for Outstanding Contribution for the Dedication of the Hyperion Environmental Learning Center of art work, “The Dream,” El Segundo, CA
September 9, 2017: Guest Artist Speaker for Gaze: An Art and Movement Workshop for Cancer Survivors at the Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment at St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA
September 20, 2017: Nominated by the SBBEC for a SEED Award for donating art to the City of Los Angeles

Collections:
9/11 Memorial & Museum Artist Registry, New York, New York
French Embassy of Los Angeles, CA
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Playa Vista Medical Center, Playa Vista, CA
The Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center, Los Angeles, CA
The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment at St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA
Individual Private Collections

Affiliations:
Harvard Club of Southern California
Neptunian Woman’s Club of Manhattan Beach
Pasadena Society of Artists

Education:
Santa Monica College
University of Hawaii