Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz has been drawing and painting since childhood. As class artist in elementary school, yearbook artist in high school and in college, she has won numerous awards for her artistic works. She has a BFA and an MFA from Long Beach State University and Dominguez Hills University respectively. She began her professional career as an art teacher at Walton Junior High School in Compton, California and continued her teaching at Palos Verdes High School, where she was head of the Fine Art Department. She has taught art and art history at El Camino College, West Los Angeles College, and Chouinard Art Institute.
Previous exhibitions have included one-woman shows in Laguna Beach; Lido Isle; Newport Beach; the Japanese American Community Cultural Center, Los Angeles; and the Matsuri Festival, Phoenix, Arizona; and group showings at the Japanese American National Museum; the Japanese American Community Cultural Center, Los Angeles; the Vincent Price Gallery; the Fine Artists Factory; and the Orange County Art Association Gallery at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Her work is in many collections in the United States and abroad. She has worked in various media, but in recent years she has devoted herself to water colors. She finds it the perfect medium for expressing spontaneity in the plein-aire environment.
Among the influences on her work have been her travels abroad to India, Japan, Mexico, and Europe. She is deeply indebted to her many teachers, and especially Stan Hodge, Si Steiner, and Henry Fukuhara.
Her other interests are: movies, reading, writing, fabric design, sports, and being a Lakers fan. One of her most memorable experiences was meeting the Emperor of Japan, who was then Crown Prince Akihito, in 1953 when she was Nisei Week Queen. She explores new things and takes classes in writing, Tai Chi, jewelry, pilates, and dance. She and her husband Richard did Tai Chi in a TV commercial recently. She is an avid tennis player with Richard, and skis winters in Idaho with her family: pediatrician daughter Meigan Everts and her two daughters, as well as daughter Tamura and her five sons. Chizuko's son Geoffrey shares her love of art, and works as an animator. He has two daughters, and altogether Chizuko is blessed with nine grandchildren.
"My work is concerned with perception, memory, inspiration, and interpretation, and also what I'm feeling about
the time, the place, and the environment... painting is hard work and sheer joy."