Makiko Highton graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in graphic design in 2000. After working for several years as a graphic designer and art director in New York City, she began a career in art education. When she isn’t teaching, she is in her studio. Her work is abstract and layered, exploring organic textures, colors and patterns found in nature. “Being able to deconstruct layers and imagery provides a certain sense of imperfection and freedom. Accidents are unexpected and break the requirement of constant perfection.”
Through the use of mixed media, oils and largely encaustic, Makiko seeks to create a dichotomy between calm and chaotic, simple and complex, organic and industrial imagery. Employing additive and subtractive methods, she constructs and deconstructs pieces that explore the beauty of everyday organic objects and infrastructures. Her work is influenced by form, color, landscape and fragmented pattern. Reoccurring themes present in her work include water, corrosion, plant and marine life.
Currently, Makiko teaches art to middle school students at Rutger’s Preparatory School in Somerset, New Jersey. Her work is in private collections and has been shown in both New York and New Jersey. Her studio is located in Morris County.
For more information, visit her website: www.makikokamihara.com