Tomi D. Kobara
What strikes you when you meet Tomi and what strikes everyone for that matter, is her unending appreciation of life, people and the ordinary. Her focus is never on what has been done or accomplished but always on what good things are yet to be.
Born in Hollister, CA, her family of 10 brothers and sisters were successful farmers. During the war her family was sent to the Japanese Internment Camps in Arizona and suffered economic and personal loss. There is where Tomi spent her teen years and first became interested in art expression.
She started painting professionally in 1970 while raising her family in Saratoga CA. Tomi became involved in the Santa Cruz and Carmel art and cultural community in the late 80`s and moved to Aptos, CA. For the past 4 years, Tomi has lived in Kailua, Hawaii on the Island of Oahu, and paints her original art in a plein air studio over-looking the Pacific Ocean.