About

B.Obata. Born and raised in California, educated in San Francisco, Annapolis, Santa Fe, the streets of Flint Michigan, G. Village, D.C., and then gritty studios of College of Marin, then Mills. Traveled through many of the 50 states for shorter and longer times.

Desired occupation as a child: hobo.

Most beloved philosopher: previously Kierkegaard, currently Aristotle.


I find the pencil is a satisfying transport for rolling around on the rind of the world.  As a rendering tool, the pencil provides forgiveness as well as tracers.

The pencil is this ordinary. It can be found anywhere. And this same pencil can be used by anyone to say anything. Willing silence demonstrates not a lack of skill, but of desire.