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Kana Handel

Booth Number: TBD

Gainesville, FL

Artist Bio
Kana Handel has wanted to paint ever since she can remember. Born in Tokyo, Japan, she attended Musashino Art University in Tokyo and began a career illustrating books and magazines. When she moved to the United States, she began painting fine art and has won top awards in nationally recognized shows throughout the country. Working in a variety of mixed media – including oil, acrylic, sumi ink, watercolor, dried pigment, handmade paper, and lesser-known material like persimmon juice, crushed oyster shells, milk, and light, Kana integrates storytelling and emotions to explore our relationship with nature and the world. Her work illustrates a conviction that art has the power to heal, but more importantly, a belief in the power of imagination – the child spirit in us all.