Every day Yu Kobayashi goes out into her garden and down through the black pines to Suruga Bay to find inspiration. She says she often gazes at clouds 'enjoying the shadows and light leaking into a room' and has a long memory for remarkable forms she sees in nature. These shapes will return again and again to Yu's imagination and she will play with them in her work. Anything from clouds, birds, trees, boats, the straw houses in her beloved north Africa, nests, mountains and even the nocturnal creatures that eat her vegetables make it into these paintings.
Each painting contains the playfulness that Yu Kobayashi is known for, but they also hold a serenity and peacefulness that she herself possesses. She hopes the new owner of her work will also gaze into the canvas and see changing shapes and forms as time passes.