In 1981 Hm Saffer II began to study the art of Japanese brush painting, Sumi-e. He left for Japan in 1983 to study with Japanese masters, and there he met his wife, Hisayo. While in Japan, HM adapted his Sumi-e techniques by applying Western styles of painting. HM reentered the United States in 1994 and took residence in Upstate New York. His style of painting shifted from exclusively works on paper to include oils. He began melding his Oriental influences with his Western styles in order to create a new and different path towards interpersonal visual expression, and his current works are a reflection of this mélange.