Watercolor painting of Topaz Valley, Utah, by Charles Erabu "Suiko" Mikami, [ca. 1943-1945.]
Charles Erabu “Suiko” Mikami (1902-1998) was renowned for his sumi-e (traditional brush paintings) of camp landscapes. He began his art training in Japan at the age of fourteen before immigrating to Seattle in 1919. In camp in Utah, Mikami taught at the Topaz Art School alongside artists like Miné Okubo. Upon his release, he relocated to California where he continued to paint and write.