Artist Mimi Matsuda paints to inspire people to preserve and protect wildlands and animals. Ever since childhood, she knew she wanted to teach about animals and paint to tell their stories. After a decade of park ranger naturalist work for the National Park Service, she paints full time, highlighting the lands and animals she holds most closely to her heart.
She has shown her work in numerous venues across the Western United States and illustrates and paints commissions for groups such as Trout Unlimited, Yellowstone Association, Yellowstone Park Foundation, MontanaPBS, Polar Bears International, Museum of the Rockies and many other environmental non-profit groups.
Her trout art was included in The American Museum of Fly Fishing’s exhibit and book, “A Graceful Rise”, on women’s contributions to the sport. Her work is in many private collections and carried in retail locations across the entire United States.
Recent publications featuring Mimi’s artwork include: “American Indians and the Civil War”, published by the National Park Service, Distinctly Montana, Big Sky Journal, Outside Bozeman, Billings Gazette, Bozeman Daily Chronicle and Montana Fly Fishing Magazine.
Her art and illustrations have been commissioned for numerous festivals and sporting events and have been used by the National Park Service in interpretive programming and education for the past decade.
Mimi’s whimsical animal art has been especially appreciated in the Fortin Pediatric Specialty Clinic, Billings, MT and at the Montana Children's Specialists Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Center in Kalispell, MT.
Mimi received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon. She was born in Tokyo, Japan (to a Caucasian mother and Japanese father), raised in the Bay Area of California and in Portland, Oregon. She has worked in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge. She currently resides in Bozeman, Montana.