Hi! I’m Yuki.

My blog exists to document my journey through life, to share my successes and struggles and how I overcome. My prayer is that through reading, you can be encouraged, and by interacting in the comments, you can get feedback and accountability to go after your own dreams!

I post new content once a month on topics like:

  • goals I’ve set and progress I’m making, including strategies that are working for me, and ones that haven’t
  • lessons I’ve learned
  • journal entries from travels and events

Hop on my email list and I’ll let you know when I have a new post, or just something I want to share with you. I know you have something you’re striving for. Let’s get there together.

How to get the most out of my blog:

  • Get a jump start – Feel like you’re stuck? Can’t grasp your blurry dreams because you keep tripping over yourself? You are so not alone! Let my story give you sparks of inspiration as it unfolds.
  • Hitch a ride – Follow along and learn from my mistakes. Ask questions! We’ll chat along the way.
  • Share the road – You want an accountability partner? You got it! Keep your eye on my progress, and let me know yours in the comments so I can cheer you on too. Full speed ahead!

Top posts:

  1. Japan Trip 2018 Series – Relive my 3.5 months of life in Japan.
  2. Japanese Resources – Do you have a goal to master Japanese? Head over to my super-popular resource page and dive in!
  3. As the path turns… – In this post, I write about shifts in mindset that helped enable me to trust God more and finally go to Japan.

A little about me…

I was born and raised in Tennessee, and was drawing from the time I figured out how to hold a pencil. I graduated as one of the top students in 2016 from Art Instruction Schools‘ art program, and after intensively studying business and marketing on my own, I founded my own business a year later, Art by Suishou Yuki.

Because I have loved Japan from an early age, manga (“MAH-N-gah” – Japanese comics) has had a huge influence on my art style and storytelling. I also started learning Japanese in middle school. My self-study has gotten me to a pre-intermediate level, so now the real challenge is breaking through that intermediate wall!

To date, I have traveled overseas twice: once in 2011 and once in 2018. In those trips, I have been to China, Macau, and Japan.

What does “Suishou Yuki” mean? 水晶 Suishou (pronounced “SUEY-sho”) is a Japanese word meaning “crystal” and 雪 yuki (YOO-key) means “snow”. I chose this pen name because of its image of purity, which is the meaning of my real name, Catherine.


  • First place in Art Instruction School‘s 2016 Charles Schulz Scholarship Competition
  • Second place in Art Instruction School’s 2014 Annual Art Competition (Student category)
  • First place in Art Instruction School’s 2013 Annual Art Competition (Student category)

Past Works

Love-Distance Long Affair (cover by Serena) [character art for video]
Commissions Portfolio on deviantART

What about you?

I believe that everyone has a dream inside them, whether big or small, and I want to invite you to join me as I work hard to make mine come true. Who knows? Maybe both our dreams will come true together!

Want to get in touch? Shoot me an email or fill out my contact form below, and I’ll get back to you soon! Let’s make this happen.