Haruko Boot comes from the concrete jungle of Osaka, Japan which is a huge contrast to the rural pastures of Stroud. Her main media is pen & pencil, also acrylic paint but she sometimes likes to go vivid with digital experiments too. Inspired by the Japanese Manga she grew up with, she creates her own original characters and incorporates them into her artwork.

She had her first solo exhibition in Osaka at Gallery Absinthe in 2008 and in the same year, one of her watercolour pictures won a Masterpiece Award in one of the biggest national magazine illustration contests. She Joined the Puzzle Project in 2011 and her artwork was on display at Kansai Airport in Osaka.

She moved to Stroud in August 2014 and participated in the SVA art auction for Refugee Aid and had a successful first exhibition in Stroud in 2016 at Meme Art Cafe, which is now “Tomari-gi”. She Joined the SVA Site festival Open Studio in May 2018.

She is a member of the Stroud Artist Cooperative and they have bi-annual exhibitions in the Lansdown Hall & Gallery in Stroud.

Her current project involves incorporating Japanese ‘Kanji’ characters into her original illustrations.

Commissions are available using your name or chosen word in Japanese and including it in the artwork.

私、大阪人のHaruko Bootは現在、イギリスの美しい田園風景の広がるコッツウォルズにあるヒッピータウン、ストラウドという町でじわじわアート活動をしています。基本的には白黒のペン画が好きで、たまにアクリルを使ったキャンバス画を描きます。描いたイラストをフォトショでデジタル加工、デザイン等も行っています。子供時は漫画家になりたかったですが、本格的に絵を描き出したロンドン在住時代に、一枚の絵の中にいろんなストーリーを描いてみたいと思うようになりました。なので私の絵は基本的にはいろんなシーンがあって細かいです。絵でいう自慢は、住んでいる町のストラウドでシリア難民のためのチャリティーアートオークションに私の小さな絵を一枚提供した時、トレインスポッティングに出ている俳優のキース・アレンが私の絵を提示価格の三倍の値段で入札、買ってくれたことです。