Born in Nagasaki, Japan, Kinue Matsuzaki, RSCJ, known as Sister Matsu, joined the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1947 in Tokyo and devoted her energies to education. She came to the United States for the first time in 1962, where she baked up to eighty pies a day at Kenwood (!) – and also began to study art. Transferred in 1967 to Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, where she taught arts and crafts at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, she then enrolled in the Detroit Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design and received her certificate in 1973.
“God is so good to me…I really enjoy it (painting)… He uses my hands to give the world a message…people say they never tire of it, they always find something new in my paintings…” she says.
Sister Matsu’s watercolors have been shown throughout metropolitan Detroit, at the Louis Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and at the Delphine Galleries in Santa Barbara and Montecito, California. She received the Best in Show award at the juried Earth Show in 1975, sponsored by the
National Bank of Detroit, and her works can be found in private collections in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
Sister Matsu joined the Oakwood Community in Atherton in 2014.