Portrait © Frank Lynn Pierce
Chihiro Pierce, an award-winning watercolor artist, hails from Kobe, Japan, where her artistic journey began. From an early age, her passion for painting blossomed, leading her to Musashino Art University, where she specialized in oil painting. While initially shaping perspectives professionally at an architectural firm, Chihiro found her calling captivated by the exquisite allure of English roses, a beauty she best expressed through watercolor painting, capturing the delicate transparency of their petals. With over 20 years of experience, Chihiro's creations have been selected for numerous national and international exhibitions, including prestigious showcases such as the National Watercolor Society and Italy's Fabriano in Acquarello. Her artworks have graced the pages of renowned watercolor magazines worldwide, notably featuring her still life artwork on the covers of "Pratique des Arts" in France. Her still life artwork was published as a finalist in 'International Artist Magazine'. In 2023, her rose artworks took center stage in a comprehensive two-page interview within the esteemed French art publication, "The Art of Watercolour."
Her portfolio encompasses a diverse array of subjects, spanning florals, still life, wildlife, landscapes, and cityscapes. Serving as a Brand Ambassador for Daniel Smith, Chihiro generously imparted her expertise through watercolor workshops in Seattle until 2019.
Residing in Juneau, Alaska presently, she draws inspiration from the region's captivating rainforests and majestic mountains, infusing her art with the magic of the natural world. Her works are represented at Annie Kaill's gallery in Juneau, Alaska, and each spring, they are featured at the Japan Watercolor Society's annual exhibition in Tokyo. Through her art, Chihiro serves as a beacon of comfort and serenity, touching the hearts of viewers across the globe.
National Watercolor Society
Northwest Watercolor Society
Transparent Watercolor Society
Japan Watercolor Society
*The JWS is a group of professhonal Japanese watercolor artists who capture the allure of transparent watercolors in their works. With just 30 members, they aim to spread the joy of watercolor painting.