Sumiyo was born in Kyoto, Japan during September 1973. She graduated MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 1998. Her works have been published in several magazines and newspapers and been featured on local television. She instructs art classes online, privately and at the college level. She has participated in juried, group and solo exhibits, received several awards, a grant, and published the art book Painting by Lyrics. She participates in several juried art shows throughout the year.
Sumiyo mainly works with watercolor on paper. Her other mediums are Sumi ink, oil painting and ceramics.
New England seasonal landscapes are the inspiration for Sumiyo's watercolor works. She expresses her daily experience through watercolor, sumi ink, and oil paint.