Sumiyo Toribe was born in Kyoto, Japan and is the second and youngest child of Hiroshi and Shigeko Toribe. Toribe studied art throughout her education, but began painting seriously when she joined the graduate painting program at the Savanna College of Art and Design in 1996. She has been teaching art at colleges since 1999. In 2000 she married David Wackell, one of her peers from SCAD and a great lifetime teacher for her art and life. She has three children. Her works have been published in several magazines and newspapers and been featured on local television.
Most recently she has completed the art book Painting by Lyrics with lyricist Mark Stevens. Awards include the Outstanding Achievement Award (1998) and Outstanding Alumna Award (2004) from Savannah College of Art and Design and the Award of Merit from the exhibit National Art Encounter in Naples, FL. A 2010 grant from Worcester Arts Council resulted in the watercolors of exhibit Worcester Sketchbook. Toribe expresses her daily experience through watercolor, sumi ink and oil paint. She is a highly rated seller at Etsy.com and Ugallery.com. A YouTube channel showcases her painting process and an official webpage www.sumiyotoribe.com acts as a portal to current activity.
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