Hajime Taguchi is an 18-year-old watercolorist from Norwich, CT who is on the autism spectrum. He first began to show artistic talent at the age of 5, and has been working with watercolor for the past five years. Because art is a way of expressing feelings he otherwise has difficulty communicating, Hajime is very dedicated to his work, sometimes spending up to four hours or more each day painting. His artwork has won numerous awards, including 1st place at a contest sponsored by Chinese-language newspaper World Journal, and a Top Ten finish in a Celebrating Art contest.
Hajime's main source of support is his mother, Tammy Tian, an accomplished artist in her own right. First discovering art in her early teens, she graduated from Shenyang University in Shenyang, China with a degree in fashion design. She then continued to study fashion design in Japan before moving to the U.S. in 2000. Tammy has nurtured her son's talent throughout his life, encouraging him to paint landscapes during the summer and draw sketches in the winter. Last September she and Hajime held "My Entirety," a mother-and-son art show at the Pacific Street Art Gallery in New London.
We hope you had an opportunity to join us in celebrating the beautiful artwork by these two very gifted artists! Watch for more events like this in the future.