HIRO is a visual and performance artist who combines her American experience with her Japanese cultural heritage to create artworks based on East-West cross-cultural themes. Her paintings concern many issues that impacted her life: identity and the community, cultural diversity, civil rights/justice and politics, cities, environment and technology, figure-in-motion and kinetics, self identity and community. In addition she has developed painting series with titles such as Portrait Biography, East-West Dialogue, Life Cycle, Constellation and Calligraphic Imagery. She curates Asian Pacific American and Cultural Diversity Exhibitons. Using expressionistic brushstroke methodology, HIRO demonstrates and conducts hands-on Creativity Painting Workshops and gives PowerPoint programs on her art and related topics including: diversity, identity, civil right/justice issues, the workplace, goals in education and occupations, and other issues.