"Water Life III," monotype with etching, 15"h x 8"w

"Water Life I," etching with watercolor, 16"h x 6"w

Artist Statement

In my artwork I create small views of a quiet world. I am inspired by the natural world and seek beauty in the minutiae of everyday life. I am especially intrigued by the tools we use to make our living and the possessions that reflect ourselves.

I approach my art practice with the belief that as we navigate ourselves through everyday life and the physical world, within everyone there is an abundance of wonder, curiosity and growth waiting to be discovered and embraced.

Artist Bio

Shari Arai DeBoer is a 3rd generation Japanese American, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. During her previous career as an architect, she began watercolor painting and eventually made the transition from architecture to art. Her paintings and etchings are housed in the Alameda County Art Collection and Library of Congress Fine Print Collection and featured as cover art for the magazine, Edible Eastbay. She has illustrated science concepts for Science Tarot and created artwork for a limited edition book to accompany an original music composition inspired by the kabuki play, Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura. 


Selected Exhibitions

"Artist's Eyes, Art of Incarceration," National Japanese American Historical Society's Peace Gallery and MIS Learning Center, San Francisco, 2017-18, curated by Betty Kano and Judy Shintani.

"Mapping as Source: the Personal Cartography of Art Maps," Arts Benicia, 2017, juried by Katherine Harmon.

"Impressions: The Art of Printmaking," Gail Morrison, Shari Arai DeBoer & Pete Villasenor, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA, 2017.

"Liquid Stories," Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, CA, 2016, curated by Pallavi Sharma.

"Printmaking Explored," San Pablo Art Gallery, San Pablo, CA, 2016, curated by Anne Austin.

"Pressed, A Printmaking Exhibition" Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, 2015, juried by Andrea Voinot, Kala Art Institute.

"Under Pressure: Printmaking in Modern Times," Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA, 2015, curated by C.K. Itamura and Sue Labouvie.

"Printing the Bay Area," Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, 2014, juried by Tom Killion.

"California Etchers Currents," Diablo Valley College Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill, CA, 2014, curated by Toru Sugita.

“Bay Area Women Artists,” O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 2012, juried by Donna Seager, Seager Gray Gallery.

“Prints Galore,” Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA, 2012, juried by Robin McCloskey and Jane Gregorius.

“sheRose of our Time,” Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2012, curated by Eric Murphy.

“INdiVISIBLE, the Art and Activism of Cynthia Tom, Shari Arai DeBoer and Nancy Hom,” University of California Santa Barbara, MultiCultural Center, 2011, curated by Shizue Seigel.

"Natural Connections," Shari Arai DeBoer, Celia Wedding & Karin Werner, San Pablo Art Gallery, San Pablo, California, 2009.

“A Place of Your Own,” Artists-in-Residence, Asian American Women Artists Association, Kimball Education Gallery, de Young Museum, San Francisco, January, 2009.

“Local Voice 2008,” Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, juried by Phil Linhares, Chief Curator, Oakland Museum of California.

 “Pacific Prints 2006, Thirteenth Biennial Juried Original Print Competition and Exhibition,” Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, 2006, juried by Joe Zirker.

"Impressions 2006, Juried Print Exhibit," Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, 2006, juried by Karin Breuer, Curator of Contemporary Graphic Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

 “20th Annual Juried Show,” Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA, 2005, juried by Phillip Linhares, Chief Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California.

“California Printmakers,” Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, 2004, juried by Simon Blattner.

“2004 Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition,” University of Hawai’i at Hilo, juror: Eileen Foti, Master Printer, Center for Innovative Printmaking, Rutgers University, 2004.

 “In Print,” Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, CA, 2003, juried by Bob Freimark.

“Nature: A Mood, A Space, A Companion,” Creative Arts Center Gallery, Sunnyvale, CA, 2003, a three artist exhibition curated by Jan Rindfleisch, director Euphrat Museum.

“Pacific Prints 2002, Eleventh Biennial Juried Print Competition,” Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, 2002, juried by Carolyn Peter.

 “January Juried Show,” Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA, 2001, juried by Karen Tsujimoto, Senior Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum.




Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

International Program, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 1983-1984




Asian American Women Artists Association, Board of Directors


California Society of Printmakers, Artist member


  • Book Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • East Asian
  • Printmaking
  • Watercolor