A still life depicting the trio of winter, bamboo, plum blossom and the pine. The Three Friends of Winter, also known as Suihan Sanyou, symbolize the pine, bamboo, and plum. The Chinese observed that the pine, bamboo and plum do not wither as the cold days deepen into the winter season unlike many other plants. Known by them as the Three Friends of Winter, they entered the conventions of East Asian culture. Together they symbolize steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience. They are highly regarded in Confucianism and as such represent the scholar-gentleman's ideal.
This painting was done for an exhibition, nominated for the best painting award. It is mounted in the traditional scroll style and ready for hanging.
Chinese Ink and colour on rice paper