E. E. Kono is a visual artist raised in middle America. Drawing upon years of travel and a background in art history she employs old master techniques to explore how symbolism and ideas cross and evolve between cultures and through time. Her imagery is often influenced by nature and a close connection to the sea. 


E.E. Kono is based in Los Angeles. She practices the old master technique of egg tempera painting. Each color is created on the palette by combining natural powdered pigments and organic egg yolk binder. The paint is applied to traditional gesso panels in a process that requires hundreds of semi-translucent layers. 

Kono is also an award-winning author/illustrator who has published over a dozen picture books. Her clientele includes top trade publishers and national magazines. She has a BA in Art History from the University of Iowa and studied art history at the University of Hull in England. She learned egg tempera through the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and continued in workshops with Master Painter, Koo Schadler.  She was raised in Dubuque, Iowa and has traveled the world. She currently lives in Southern Califnornia with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.


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