Aya studied oil painting at the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Japan for 4 years. After graduating she moved to London for a year to continue her studies. Her time spent in London had a profound effect on her personally and professionally, offering both a culturally rich experience and stimulating new creative work. Three 3 years later she returned again to London and enrolled at the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design where she studied Graphic Design.


After graduating from Saint Martins she was commissioned by The Times Newspaper to produce a series of illustrations for UK restaurants. The work involved humorous depictions of popular world cuisines,  topical references to the Chancellors’ Red Briefcase, and depictions of everyday life. Aya’s visual wit and artistry created a strong stylistic theme that brought this collection of illustrations together .


Since then, Aya has produced illustrations for use in the NHS/health and education sector, including conference posters and training materials.  


Aya has been providing illustrations for a Japanese e-magazine "Absolute London"  http://www.absolute-london.co.uk since 2015. It is accompanied with her own essays on life in London from the Japanese perspective, based on her insight of living in London for more than 20 years and experiences at London Zoo where Aya worked as a volunteer for 6 years.


Aya has an eclectic and wide ranging style, that uses a mix of media and crafts to create a variety of different motifs, pictures and illustrations.  Her most recent works of animals and flowers have featured cutting linoleum or rubber boards and are proving to be very popular. Aya’s work often subconsciously reflects events in her ownlife and her emotional reactions to these, her figurative work often entails enigmatic expressions and disturbing or distanced expressions, that can provoke strong reactions within the observer.


Her first exhibition was in Chalice Gallery July 2017.  It was an intriguing selection of work from the last ten years, as well as some new illustrations for this show, displaying her techniques in drawing, water colour painting, print making and digital work.

More recently Aya has turned her hand to portraiture, which started with a single commission for a beloved pet Corgi. She has  now received dozens of requests for not only pet portraits but for people as well. 





ロンドン発の情報コミュニティeマガジン『あぶそる~とロンドン』http://www.absolute-london.co.uk  の連載では、20年以上になるロンドン暮らしに日々思うこと、6年間勤めたロンドン動物園でのボランティアで目にするエピソードなどをイラストとエッセイで綴っている。



2017年7月7日から彼女の初の個展が Chalice Gallery にて開かれたが、過去10年の作品からの興味深いセレクションと、この個展のために制作された新しい作品が公開された。彼女のドローイングのテクニック、水彩画、版画そしてデジタルワークと多様な作品が好評だった。

2018、2019年の春、Mario's Cafe  
http://www.marioscafe.com/ で個展を開催。カフェの雰囲気を心地よく明るくすると大きな好評を博す。Terra Chokubaiten https://terra-chokubaiten.business.site/ では新作を販売しており大変好評を博している。ロンドンのギャラリーにおける2020年の個展を準備中。