Hometown: El Prado, New Mexico
Based in: Sausalito, California
I was born in Shanghai, grew up in Hong Kong before I traveled to the United States to continue my education. I received a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Art from the Californian State University. I am a painter, print-maker and performance artist dividing my time living and working in Taos, New Mexico, and Sausalito, California. Since my first solo show at the legendary Lucien Labaudt Gallery in San Francisco in 1970, my works have shown internationally and are represented in numerous private , corporate and public collections.
I am a reductive abstract painter. In work as in life, I am drawn to distillation and simplification. I am inspired by live experiences and observations, real and imagined, the everyday mundane, as well as the otherworldly esoteric. My paintings spring from a restive desire to energize that which becomes stuck, and to stir up ripples and make waves... When colors and contours impulsively engage dynamically and emphatically, they can capture and illuminate life’s fleeting moments, invite empathy, bridge disparities, reconcile dichotomies, and promise infinite possibilities. This is a practice that is both liberating and restorative; I am grateful to travel its path, and privileged to share it.
Everything I experience, observe or imagine become trigger points for a reaction... that is how I begin working.
Entering the studio with an empty mind, I wait for a feeling to arise to guide me kinestatically as I begin drawing on primed unstretched canvases pinned to the wall. I start coloring in areas and redraw over them, building layers of paint and charcoal until meaningful shapes emerge. Distillation and simplification enhance the balance and dynamics between forms and colors, where they are energized into an intelligently conversant dance together. Then the work is done.
rhythmic, dynamic, elemental
Piero de la Francesca, Matisse, Mondrian, William de Kooning, Clifford Still, Agneds Martin, Luchita Hurtado, Yayoi Kusama
Figure and decide what you want to do, the how (to get it done), will follow.
Nature, my gardens, my studios, science fiction, life
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