Ruthie K. Yamada is a California contemporary realistic painter. Her work portrays evocative and symbolic scenes, that invite the viewer to experience their own definition of what dreams and human existence mean. She loves to exaggerate beauty, the mystical and the surreal. Her past careers as a fashion designer and certified massage therapist influence her work immensely. Her love of fabric, design, color and history of fashion, will always find their way into her paintings. Her 20+ years as a massage therapist, brought her deeper meanings of memories, emotions, and connections stored in our bodies and psyche. A world we do not see, but feel. Creating a sense of optimism and intimacy is imperative to her work.