Sumiyo Toribe was born in Kyoto, Japan during September 1973. Toribe studied art throughout her education, but began painting seriously when she joined the graduate painting program at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1996. She currently resides in central Massachusetts. She has been teaching college art courses since 1999. Her works have been published in several magazines and newspapers and been featured on local television. Most recently Toribe 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 (2012). A 2010 grant from Worcester Arts Council resulted in the watercolors and exhibit Worcester Sketchbook. She is a highly rated seller at the online marketplaces Etsy.com and Ugallery.com. She produced one painting a day between August 2009 and September 2013 and posts her painting process and tutorials on the YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/storibeart. She participates in several juried art shows throughout the year. All upcoming events and related links can be found on the official website, www.sumiyotoribe.com.
Toribe expresses her daily experience through watercolor, sumi ink, and oil paint. The work is variously sized. The outcome of her work is between expressive and impressionistic, abstract and representational, and western and eastern influences can be detected. She enjoys exploring and experimenting with medium, form and concept. The subject matter varies from figurative to landscape to floral. Recent thoughts and ideas are focused more towards her home country of Japan. Toribe’s watercolor technique is known to be new and unique; using the flow of water to make spontaneous marks and a lively flow of energy.