Karen Fitzsimmons, sumi-e artist and teacher.

This painter and teacher of sumi-e lives in a most peaceful setting and her home is an excellent example of east meets southwest. "I first went to Japan in 1972 and soon began my study of Sumi-i...over the years, I have returned to Japan many times to continue my studies. We work on traditional paper made from various plant fibers and use ink sticks made of burnt pine or oil soot with the addition of a glue. The ink is ground on a stone with water.... The brushes are also different from our western ones in the way they are put together to achieve different possibilities."