One of my favorite illustrators is Ikki Matsumoto, an artist who I associate with Sanibel Island, one of my favorite beach destinations.
Ikki was born in Tokyo, Japan, but moved to the US as a young man to study art at the University of Cincinnati under the noted wildlife artist, Charley Harper. After getting married, he moved to Sanibel Island, FL and opened a gallery with his work. His popularity grew and he enjoyed wide success with his original art, prints, calendars, and illustrations for books. He is especially known for his charming line illustrations that appear in the latest edition of The Joy of Cooking.
I like the sense of humor and fun that's reflected in his work.
Original art and prints, as well as more information about Ikki, can be accessed at: