Lilies are grown from the mud, but they come out of it with a such beauty in nature! They are a symbol of uplift, purity and gracefulness in the Chinese culture.
In my paintings, lilies are not only on or under the water, they could be above the mountains or up in the sky as well.
About My Paintings:
After being a visual artist for about 20 years, I have come to realize that the painting as a medium works better for me to express myself. When painting, I enjoy its spontaneity and its expressiveness. Also, after being an artist for years, I have come to know what kind of aesthetic value I want to achieve in my paintings and, it is the simplicity. With this thoughts in mind, the colors I used in my paintings are reduced to three, the black, the white and the gold. The richness of black and white I find in the Chinese painting and calligraphy, as well as in black and white photography. The color of gold reminds me the ultimate light source from the sun. In my paintings, the nature is the inspiration as well as the subject. When painting, I tend to focus on a simple scene, leaving space for imagination. As to the surface of a painting, I like it to be smooth, so to serve the purpose of calmness in the nature and in my mind. But, sometimes, I do add texture, when it is necessary.
Regarding the color of grey:
Between the colors of black and white, there is a huge range of grey, which provides endless possibilities. The color of grey dominates in my paintings. When painting, I enjoy blending the black and white into different hues of grey, enjoy seeing many tones of grey. Sometimes the lighter grey overcasts the darker one, other times the grey is sharply contrasted with each other. But, most times, the greys are melted with each other into one harmonic scene.
The color of grey reminds me a raining day, a day I would like to sit by the window, sipping a cup of tea or coffee, watching the rain floating outside. Sometimes after dark, I see myself in a dream of grey field, everything around blurred, softened. Often, the color of grey directs me to look up to the sky, letting my eyes wandering the clouds...
The color of grey calms me, my mind, my soul.
Through my paintings, I wish to bring some calmness to a busy world.
The painting is signed and dated both front and back, and it's stretched on kiln dried wooden bars, ready to hang.