I am a Toronto born visual fine artist whose art merges aspects from Chinese Brush Painting and North American art and self-created techniques to develop works that are representative of the commonalities of various societies and cultures.
I have exhibited in Ontario and Internationally. I’ve studied Chinese Brush Painting under various Masters since 2007, and acrylics and mixed media since 2010.
As a child and during one or our monthly trips to Toronto’s Chinatown, my father purchased an antique tea wagon for my mother. It had been painted with Chinese Brush Painting and my passion for the art and art form was born. I am a product of living in a vibrant and accepting multi-cultural society.
During those trips, I was drawn to the vivid colours of gem stones. Purple, green, topaz. I took in the sights, the sounds, the flavours and the colours: ruby, amethyst, sapphire blue and yellow. And Gold. Porcelain, silks, and art. The colours and art techniques fuelled my imagination and continue to be my inspiration as I transform acrylic/mixed media into art creations.
My intent is to work with any medium to create scenes of balance and harmony, while respecting all cultures. Meditation is the starting point, and each dance of the brush (or my fingers) is deliberate, from the tiniest of marks to the boldest. I paint with a subconscious purpose. Movement of the medium evolves as my imagination expands. My works have been called ethereal, soothing, surreal and mysterious.
In 2018 I exhibited China, by invitation and Chinese government sponsorship.
During my one of my exhibitions in China, my objectives as an artist were kindly expressed by Shuhua CONG, Artist and Chinese Antiquities Collector “This art piece [Dancing Skies #3] is a dream-like scroll; Here, the Eastern and Western cultures collide, creating a masterclass that weaves imagination, fantasy, and reality. This piece combines and encapsulates the colours from the west and the brush-painting style of the east, creating a piece that is appreciated by audiences across the world. It is an experiment and an innovation, providing comfort, enlightenment, and recollection. I wish foreign artists can continue on this journey of artistic exploration.”
Her comment sums up why I make the art the way I do: it is what happens when art is the tool to create mutual respect and appreciation between people of different cultures.