Harumi AbeJapanese native Harumi Abe (July 2013) has exhibited her paintings extensively in South Florida. At age 19 she relocated herself to Miami to study Art. She holds MFA fromFlorida International University. Harumi Abe’s inspiration is in everyday life. Her interests are personal and emotional. The main issues of her art are not formally convoluted but rather simple observations of daily life. She paints about being Japanese and living in America, about being married to an American, living next to his American family and away from her home in Japan. In a strange, round about way, it is about being an American. Abe is a recipient of the 2008 South Florida Cultural Consortium for Visual and Media Artists and has attended residency at Vermont Studio Center in 2010. She now makes her art in a homemade studio in her backyard in Hollywood, FL. Abe is an adjunct professor at Broward College and FIU and the gallery director of BC Fine Arts Gallery.