San Diego Watercolors | Keiko Tanabe Gallery

Well-traveled watercolorist Keiko Tanabe finds inspiration in her own backyard.

When she isn’t traveling the world, Tanabe is a passionate plein air painter on her home turf—San Diego, Calif.— where she has lived for almost 25 years. “I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere else,” she says. “Even growing up in Japan, I lived in several different places. When I’m here, I love to paint outside. The weather is almost always ideal for it.”

Tanabe acknowledges that the warm climate attracts many tourists and visitors to the area, but as a resident, she understands that the city is large and complex. “It’s a travel destination, but it’s also a military town,” she says. “There’s plenty of industry. San Diego is the second largest city in California, larger even than San Francisco. For a landscape painter, there’s a variety of subjects: beaches, mountains, hills, deserts. This suits me, because I love painting many different things.”

Tanabe’s choice of subjects reflects this interest in the variety of life in and around the city. She chooses views that incorporate some of the rich layering of the city—with its juxtapositions of economic, tourist and social life—where palm trees and beaches exist alongside construction cranes, working docks and office buildings.

Tanabe shares some of the San Diego watercolors here and in the June 2017 issue of Watercolor Artist, available at and on newsstands April 18.

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Little Italy Cafe, San Diego (watercolor on paper) by Keiko Tanabe

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Little Italy Alley, San Diego (watercolor on paper) by Keiko Tanabe

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San Diego Library (watercolor on paper) by Keiko Tanabe

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San Diego, Old Town Street (watercolor on paper) by Keiko Tanabe

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I am obsessed with water colours and have been painting since I could hold my first brush, I have a huge passion for my own work and others, I love to teach and inspeier others. I'm a very proud Dad with 3 girls and amazing wife who shares my passion for painting.

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