Kyoko Niikuni practices the ancient tradition of Chigiri-e, Japenese torn paper art. Born in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, Kyoko has lived in the Northwest for the past thirty years and works out of her handcrafted log home in Carnation, Washington. She travels to Japan to select the finest washi, the traditional rice paper first introduced by Buddhist monks in the 7th Century. Her paper is still handmade from three different plants. Teasing the rice paper apart and laying individual fibers down to create a sublimely textured image, Kyoko creates wildlife and floral masterpieces that resemble fine watercolors but not a single stroke of paint is used. Her work reflects a complexity of color and depth that is breathtaking.