Kaori Maeyama is an urban landscape painter born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan. Since arriving in New Orleans alone with one duffel bag in 1994, she has been a focus puller, an audio editor, and a plein air painter.
While working as a managing producer at public radio program American Routes, she studied plein air oil painting with Phil Sandusky at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts for 6 years, and participated in plein air events in and around New Orleans. In August 2012, two of her paintings were hung at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, as part of Louisiana Contemporary juried exhibition. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting at Tulane University where she learned to paint nocturnes without paintbrushes.