Tulips II

24″x24″, acrylic on canvas.
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Collage

24″x24″, acrylic, mixed media, canvas.
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Habitat II

12″x12″, Oil/Cold wax on wood cradled panel.
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Smoky Gold Crystalline Vessel

Porcelain 5″ x 5″ x 5″
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Pewter/dark green Crystalline Bottle

Porcelain 10″x4.5″x4.5″, Crystalline glaze, high fired
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Yoshiko Ratliff is a painter and an award-winning ceramicist who creates elegant porcelain Crystalline glazed ceramic pieces.
She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and her pieces are also in private and corporate collections in the United States, Brazil, and Japan.

She was born and raised in Japan.

Her paintings are abstract, but strongly influenced by representational forms and structures. She strives to discover and use various techniques, materials, and surfaces to expand and enliven her vision and means of artistic expression.

She paints in several mediums including acrylic, oil and cold wax, and gold leaf, but will often combine them where appropriate or interesting.

Her works rely on an abstract organic underpainting with shapes, textures and shades forming integral elements of the finished pieces, often incorporating influences of her Japanese heritage. She also strives to suggest or replicate the unpredictability and beauty of the crystalline shapes she produces in the glazes for her ceramic works in her paintings.

“If a painting is one that I feel that I would like to keep for myself, then I have created art that I feel comfortable being viewed and enjoyed by others.” - Yoshiko