Keiko Tanabe was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives San Diego California, USA. Primarily self-taught she embarked on a professional art career as a watercolor painter in 2005 after working in International relations. Since then her work has earned many awards and recognition on international level. Her work appears in private and corporate collections in many countries. Her work was also featured in numerous art publications. She's also a sought- after workshop instructor, teaching watercolor courses both in the US and abroad.