Yuri Ozaki grew up in a small town in Mie Prefecture on the Kii Peninsula of Japan. The area is known for its unique wet climate and mystical history. This area features UNESCO World Heritage registered sacred sites and pilgrimage routes. The beauty and mystery of her home region would later influence her work. Her interest in painting watercolor as a primary medium is to take advantage of the unique texture it creates on its own. This requires some patience, for the water to do its work, then working with results that are partially random. Her work has been juried into many watercolor societies’ national and international shows since 2010, and garnered numerous awards. She is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama.