Wynne Hayakawa’s work finds its origins in the landscape Northern California, where she grew up and has lived most of her life. She paints the natural world, usually trees in sunlit spaces. While the paintings function as flat compositions of lines, values, and colors, tree forms create the feeling of space around them. The patterns of leaves and branches evoke the intimacy of a forest.
Hayakawa earned a B.A in ceramics and printmaking at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She started painting seriously in graduate school at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Wynne Hayakawa’s work has been collected by the Saint Louis Art Museum, the New York Palace Hotel, Morita Hospital in Kanagawa, Japan, and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco, among others.