Arisa Chinen Miller at Aien Coffee and Hostel, Okinawa, Japan, 2017.

Arisa Chinen Miller is from Okinawa City, Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa is a small island, a two-hour plane ride south of Tokyo. Geographically, Okinawa is very close to Taiwan and is known to have a peaceful and colorful culture.

Her career in art started at the age of 22 and has grown in popularity on the island of Okinawa. Since then Arisa’s name and art has spread to America where she is known for her black light painting and mural works.

Arisa’s personality exemplifies her absolute obsession with painting, and as she says, “art almost matches her obsession with chocolate.”

Arisa is highly dedicated to her passion and life’s work as an artist. Her work is deeply personal as it relates to Okinawa and the world she encounters. It is her greatest hope to intrigue people and create personal experiences through each of her paintings.

Arisa’s ultimate goal is to travel the world creating new artworks at each destination. She refers to her paintings as “daughters and hopes to keep in touch with every person that acquires one of her paintings.” It never hurts either that she is always searching the globe for that next great tasting piece of chocolate.

Arisa wishes that every person will see her work and be reminded of one of their happy thoughts. It is through this that each admirer of her work will find their Neverland, “second star to the right and straight on till morning.” An idea she always keeps in mind from the story Peter Pan.