I never think about why I want to be an artist, until someone asked me this question at my exhibition. I always drew something on the wall when I was little. One day, my uncle drew me a dragon just in minutes, at that moment I want to be a great artist likes him.
I was trained in the classical Chinese disciplines of painting at National Taiwan University of Arts in Taipei. In 1996, the first year in America, I learned the western painting techniques at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri which was a great influence for my work. I’ve developed my idea and found my direction after my MFA graduation in 1998.
The piece of “The beauty of Lotus” on my website gracelinart.com is the first painting in a series of works I developed my experiment with combining the Chinese painting in oil. I integrate Chinese ink as part of my paintings by using bamboo brushes on rice-paper and collage them onto canvas. My intention with combining eastern and western techniques in my painting is engaging the relationship from different cultures and bringing the balance to each other. Since I became an America citizen, I always want to make a connection from the different worlds.
The inspiration of “Dream dragonfly” came from my dream. In my dream, I was flying and flowing upon the water and felt wonderful free at the moments, as I have transparent wings as dragonfly. I have ...