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As a daughter of a painter, Sadako Lewis grew up in an artistic environment in Japan. Being emothonally affected by the death of her father, Sadako was determined to carry on his will to paint. It was 29 years ago. Sadako enrolled at William Carey College with an art scholarship and graduated in May, 2001, with a BFA with high honor and the Excellent Senior Award from the Fine Arts Department. The artist lost all of her art and art supplies in Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005. If there weren't the heartfelt supports to her, Sadako would have had difficult time to rise again for pursuing as an artist. She received generous supports from the artists of Paseo Art Community, Okalahoma and, through Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC), a grant from Andy Warhol Fund for Visual Artists and Craftsmen. Being influenced by her father, Sadako had been an expressionistic figurative painter until she chose a different direction in 2010. The artist experienced to be a part of the Artwroks Program, a program sponsored by the MAC and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to study under an established Abstract Expressionist for 5 days a week for 3 months. The other decisive experience was the viewings of the three exhibits of Joan Mitchell's work in New Orleans. It was absolutely a "WOW!" moment for Sadako to encounter such great abstract Expressionistic art in person. The artist felt as though she finally found what she had been looking for. Sadako became an Abstract Expressionist. Recent achievement was that MAC awarded Sadako the 2015 Visual Arts Fellowship with her submission of 6 of her abstract expressionistic works. Abstract Expressionism has given the artist freedom to intuitively express her state of mind, emotions and feelings. It is a concrete way to share an inner sense, place and time with the viewers directly and deeply. Creating art is always a product of the pat and future experiences. Each time Sadako stands in front of a blank canvas, She starts with a fresh determination to create a new painting illuminated by her past artistic experiences.

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