Mike Yokotake, is a professional graphic artist based in Los Angeles, California.  Mike has over thirty years of experience as an advertising art director and graphic design professional. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design from California State University, Long Beach.
Mike is a self-taught wood sculptor. For him woodworking and carving started as a hobby and a way to share his creativity.  With the encouragement of his wife, family and friends woodcarving became a passion.
Mike has always enjoyed art and design. He works in many mediums including sculpture, digital graphic illustration, drawing and photography. Mike draws his inspiration from nature and loves to create beautiful things out of wood. His work is often colorful, energetic and is influenced by his background as an art director and graphic designer.
He extensively researches, explores and experiments with many different themes while focusing on the next project’s subject. His deep respect and appreciation of all living things, as well as his attention to detail, adds texture and spirit into his sculptures that bring his subjects to life. Mike is always trying new techniques and striving to grow as an artist.
Mike states; “In my work I try to capture the spirit of a subject frozen in a moment of time in a graphic stylistic way rather than a “lifeless static snapshot.” My goal with each of the sculptures is for the viewer to form an emotional connection and an appreciation of the subject’s importance.”
In creating his sculptures he works with materials he loves most and that is with combining different kinds of exotic woods. Mike has his own way of developing his sculptures.  He starts shaping the subject in different removable pieces and parts and also as a whole. This process allows him to flexibly shape sections in detail, taking parts off, reshaping them, and joining them back together to create the whole sculpture as he envisions.
Mike is inspired by many things in nature and elements around him. In nature the animals (and sometimes people), have a way of expressing themselves through actions that can be understood universally. Capturing that moment of expression in his work is a goal he aspires to and tries to achieve it in every piece that he creates.
For more information please contact Mike at: mike@freshcutart.com