I created the above illustration
for the Japanese Friendship Garden in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, where I am a volunteer gardener. I was inspired by some of the garden’s iconic features — the pond, stone lantern near the waterfall, and numerous shaped pine trees. Blended into the landscape is another Phoenix icon — Camelback Mountain. I also wanted to blend several artistic styles from the East and the West, namely Utagawa Hiroshige’s traditional ukiyo-e style, Takashi Murakami’s modern art, and Roy Lichtenstein’s pop-art Asian landscapes.