Janet Takahashi is a free-lance artist with a “love of letters” specializing in calligraphy, illustration and gilding. As a biologist, with a deep appreciation for nature and science, she paints in the field, working “en plein air” capturing the scenery before her. Nature’s showcase is her teacher and inspiration. She is an avid journal-keeper who fills several books at the same time and savor’s life’s details with a sketch a day. Janet is a commercial illustrator and designer. Her work is widely published, and she is the author of Artful Journals. Janet travels extensively, teaching sketchbook journaling and calligraphy. She teaches in the field as artist-in-residence at Yosemite National Park.