ARTISTíS STATEMENT

    Art is not just a passion but a way of life to me.  I have been painting as long as I can remember.  My medium of choice is sumi-e on rice paper.  Sumi-e literally means water and ink painting.  The unforgiving rice paper reacts spontaneously with ink and color, capturing the beauty of my subjects.  I think it absorbs the energy from my heart while it records the movement of my brush.  When I paint, I focus on the creative progress, which is exhausting and yet rejuvenating.  Outside elements fade and the soul brings out the strength from within.

    To capture the fleeting beauty of flowers, I sketch vigorously while they are in bloom.  Yet, when I create, I abandon all the preconceived images and focus on the essential few drawn from the mind.  The process forces me to select the essence of the subject beyond its earthly appearance.

    My work is influenced by my western artistic training but is rooted in the Lingnam School of brush painting and the eastern philosophy towards beauty and the balancing play of yin and yang (positive and negative forces).  The images are not photo-realistic yet they feel accessible, erupted with my emotions and passions.  I strive to raise the appreciation of nature and capture the grandeur of the universe through my art.   Explore with me the beauty of our world and experience the joy of being a part of it.

True Happiness comes from the Beauty of the Heart

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