Artist Statement

My appreciation of art, life and nature motivate me to create my work. My work is influenced by my early training in Chinese calligraphy. I appreciate the art as its movement and rhythm touch my emotion and inspire my creativity. The technique is my power to enrich my brushwork, revealing my sense of movement. Each impulse is released through marks in pre-determined actions executed through dipping, pressing, and turning with sudden variation of speed and force. The gestures merge with Western art techniques, resulting in a composition of harmony, balance, and contrast to form my version of abstraction.

Abstraction does not limit my expression in form, color, or subject matter. The possibilities of abstract painting allow me to explore non-representational colors and forms to depict nature through my imagination. What my mind imagines is translated into abstract forms with my brushwork. The forms evoke the qualities of landscape, human figures, or atmosphere representing energy, love, and hope.

Colors are consciously selected to support my optimistic attitude to life and the environment. To achieve a spontaneous unexpected result, I manipulate the immediacy by applying colors directly to canvas. Applying layers of paints and translucent thin washes creates a flowing color effect. The density of paint contrasts with the thin washes, revealing the sense of depth. The quicker I apply my brush stroke, the more experimental nature of painting shows.

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