Satoko was born in Kyoto, Japan, and educated both in Japan and the United States. She moved to the US in 1980, and currently is living and working in Eugene, Oregon. She works with watercolor, Japanese calligraphy ink, oil, and other media.
In addition to teaching at Lane Community College for 30 years, she has extensive experience in teaching overseas programs. In 1996 she created the Siena Art Summer Program through the University of Oregon and was active as a director and instructor until 2005. From 2006 to 2016 she was invited to teach in the Kyoto Study Abroad Summer Program, offered by the University of Oregon. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Japan, and Italy.
She has been coming to Italy, especially to the Tuscan area for more than 20 years. Her artistic journey is intimately tied to the natural beauty of Italy from which she has drawn her concepts and fluid watercolor painting style. She loves to share the joy of plein-air painting, which she thinks is one of the ultimate ways of enjoying life.