Tsuneko Kokubo was born in Steveston BC and raised in Japan. Returning to Canada in her late teens, she studied Fine Arts for four years at Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University). She has worked extensively in theatre as a performer and costume designer, and continues to do so. For the past twenty- five years she has been a full-time painter, working mainly in oils and acrylics.
She draws inspiration from her forest garden and mountain home. She has had numerous exhibitions, and has paintings in private collections in Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and the USA.