About the Artist - Kumi Pickford

Kumi Pickford

Kumi has a strong foundation in the classical arts having first studied illustration at Nichibi Art Institute in Japan, then received her BFA in Combined Art (designed for art education field) from Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico. She then went on to study portrait painting on apprenticeship under a master portrait artist in Madrid, Spain in mid 70s.

She started as a portrait painter under the contract of both U.S. Navy and Air Force in the San Francisco Bay Area, California painting commissioned oil portraits of unformed military personnel and their families. During that period she also taught oil portrait classes & workshops in major cities in Northern California. At that time she was discovered by a Black American lady, Josephine, who was associated with church leaders and their members in S.F. area bringing commission orders. The work was much appreciated that Josephine became Kumi's promoter to spread her promotional area to the South, and they together covered many Black American people of various professions, trades and ages.

The latter part of S.F. Bay Area days Kumi joined the National Society of Decorative Painters and taught the classes during its convention periods promoting Delta Ceramcoat acrylic colors and its products. She was sent by this company to Japan during art supply trade show and several teaching trips there. Her design book "Thinking of You" was published by Sharon & Gayle Publications promoting use of Pigma Pens.

Kumi and her husband moved to NW Oregon coast in 2005, currently live in the city of Hillsboro. She has been teaching locally her portrait classes in oil, soft pastel & graphite pencils for Portland Community College, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, also at Beaverton Lodge retirement home. You can visit and view her works at: www.kumipickford.com