SHOWS The Doodling ShowMari Inukai was born in Nagoya, Japan. In 1995, Mari came to the United States to pursue her studies in art. She first attended Santa Monica Community College (Mentor program), Santa Monica, California, then Associates in Art, Sherman Oaks, California, and lastly, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, where she received her BFA in Character Animation in 2004. Her short animated film, Blue and Orange, has been an official selection at numerous national and international film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival 2003, and was the Japan Grand Prize winner at the Short Shorts Film Festival EXPO 2005. Mari regularly exhibits her paintings and drawings, as well as designs clothes, toy figures, and other fun products. She currently lives in Beverly Hills, CA with her daughter, Sena..