ALLAN WEST backdrop designer and painter, studied traditional Japanese painting at Tokyo University of Fine Arts under Kayama Matazo. He has exhibited and demonstrated for the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Europe and Asia and has received commissions for concerts of the NHK Philharmonic and for national living treasures at the National Theater in Tokyo. His paintings have been featured on Japan’s major television networks, newspapers and magazines. He has exhibited in over 20 museums, and 50 galleries throughout the world including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art and Japan’s Reihokan, the foremost museum of Japanese national treasures.