Chanoyu – 18" x 30" oil paint on linen

In March 2013, I had an opportunity to attend a geisha and maiko performance at a Kaburenjo Theatre in Kamishichiken, the oldest geisha district of Kyoto, Japan.  Before the performance, a tea ceremony (chanoyu) took place for the guests.  This is a painting of Naosome, a geisha from Kamishichiken, preparing green tea for myself and other guests.


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 Phil Couture is a realist painter currently residing in Kyoto, Japan.  Originally from Quebec, Canada,  Phil's appreciation and interest in art developed while growing up in Central Florida.  Primarily self-taught, his influences include Velasquez, Sargent, Toulouse-Lautrec, Waterhouse, Repin and Degas.  Exploring new cultures becomes a running theme in Phil's work.   "I enjoy painting and drawing what piques my interest, which usually includes visiting cultures from around the world."  Aside from winning numerous awards, his paintings and drawings hang  internationally in private collections.    Art critic Brian Sherwin commented on Phil Couture's artwork, stating, "Phil handles traditional and everyday life scenes with equal passion. This passion is reflected by the elegant manner in which he captures his subjects. The viewer can 'feel' a sense of pride and honor resonating from the individuals that Phil has painted." Sherwin added, "Phil Couture's drawings and paintings remind us of the beauty of diversity... and how fascinating it is to consider the world within a larger context."  Check out Phil's blog at: for updates on his paintings, drawings, and travels. and  my online store: