SANTA ANA, Calif., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Noted watercolorist Henry Fukuhara, who shared his talents with artists at California workshops, died at the age of 96, his grandson, Paul Niwa, says.
Fukuhara used the former Manzanar World War II relocation camp to host teaching workshops in which he passed along the painting skills he showcased in his abstract works of art, The Los Angeles Times said Sunday.
"Henry had such a unique style, so different from most plein-air artists," said gallery owner Bill Anderson, who site represented Fukuhara. "He had a huge following of people he influenced."
A son of Japanese immigrants, Fukuhara lived with his family at the Manzanar relocation camp in California's Owens Valley during part of World War II.
In a 1992 interview with the Times, Fukuhara explained how he surveyed plots for graves while staying at the relocation camp.
"Seemed like a joke," he said, "but that's what we did."
Fukuhara, who died of natural causes Jan. 31 in Yorba Linda, Calif., his survived by is wife, Fujiko; his daughters, Joyce Bowersox, Grace Niwa and Helen Fukuhara; his son, Rackham; four brothers, two sisters, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.