I am sansei, or, a third generation Japanese American, Los Angeles based artist, born in Sacramento, California. Creating art has always been a passion for as long as can remembered that began in early childhood.
Largely self-taught, I learned life drawing and design through high school, college classes and from studying the art of the masters. My art spans over 45 years of creating graphite and colored pencil drawings; more recently, oil painting has become a natural transition from drawing.
Selected to receive an official commendation from the City of Los Angeles for outstanding contribution of art; donated five drawings to four area medical centers; written a book, “Eileen Oda: A Lifetime of Art,” shown art in juried shows and developed projects collaborating with artists from the United States, Germany, Italy, South Vietnam and England.
Creating art has a magical quality because feelings can be converted into pictures and then shared with others to be able to visualize it with a unique interpretation of their own.
I have an enthusiastic response to seeing something and letting it express itself in a style I call “exsculpaintism.” Densely applied emotive, colored paint is used to express a broad range of emotions; copious amounts of paint is loaded onto the canvas making a 3D effect similar to that seen in a sculpture. Then it is painted over embellishing and exaggerating the intensity and overall feeling of it being alive and breathing.>
Over 45 years of drawing using graphite and colored pencils was the preparation led to a much anticipated love and exploration of creating oil paintings. No longer bound by the restrictive tip of a pencil and the tedious amount of detailed work that this medium required was like being set loose to explore a world free from those limitations.
I feel working with oil paint allows for a more visceral, palpable, direct, and bolder interpretation of the world around us. Utilizing this method of “exsculpaintism” will help realize my goal of being a colorist that creates art that you want to be touched by and feel.
May 15, 1999: Donation of the drawing, “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 of the drawing, “Flight of Hands” to art curator, John T. Lange of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
May 24, 2016: Presentation of the drawing, “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 the drawing, “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 of the drawing, “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 of “Flight of Hands” to Chief of Oncologic Surgery, Dr. Lawrence Wagman, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Orange, CA
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
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
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
The Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center, Los Angeles, CA
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Orange, CA
Harvard Club of Southern California
Neptunian Woman’s Club of Manhattan Beach
Pasadena Society of Artists
Santa Monica College
University of Hawaii