I have always been intrigued by how the Chinese culture explained the mysteries of the universe. 

Just as American kids grew up with Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Chinese children heard stories about Chang-Er and her Rabbit, and Kwan Yin the Goddess of Mercy.  These tales go one step further to explain why there is only one sun in our universe, why we cannot gaze directly into its glare, how the carp/koi fish is transformed into a mighty dragon, how lightning is created, so on and so forth.
Through my work, I hope to share the culture of a civilization over five thousand years old, as well as to give some insight into the motivations, aspirations and ethos of modern-day China.  

My medium is watercolor, acrylic and gouache on Japanese silk.  The technique is the labor-intensive "gongbi" style of traditional Chinese brush painting, whereby Multiple light washes of color are applied in successive layers to build up the intensity of colors.  It takes 6 to 8 weeks to complete a 30 inch by 20 inch painting, working on one painting at a time, 8 to 10 hours a day, 6 days a week.

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