I live in southeastern Minnesota – and am happily married to my husband of 20 years. My art form is called Sumi-e (pronounced sue-me-eh) which is an ancient Asian brush art. True Sumi-e traditionalists will tell you that the primary colors to Sumi-e are black and white. I believe that the main idea is to try and capture the spirit or essence of the subject matter. While I am very respectful to the history of the art, I feel that an artist should be of her time. I like to put an American and contemporary twist to my paintings – my idea is Asian art, American heart. The moment I picked up a brush, and experienced the life of the ink on rice paper – I was hooked.
I have many teachers from all around the world – everywhere from Minnesota to Japan to China, and all the way down in Australia, that are supportive and inspirational to my journey.
In the Spring of 2008, I was one of the artists selected to participate in the ‘Art in the sky’ project commissioned by the Rochester Downtown Alliance. The ‘Art in the sky project’ was a project for artists to paint various skyways in downtown Rochester. I was awarded an entire skyway with my theme of ‘Walking through a bamboo forest’, and won the popular vote for the best skyway.
My work has been displayed in many galleries throughout Minnesota. I currently have a number of paintings on permanent display in the ballroom of the Plummer House in Rochester MN. I have themed this collection ‘The body moves, but the soul dances’ – I have tried to keep the art inspirational, and with Zen ideas and sayings.
I also have paintings for sale at various locations throughout Minnesota.
- Minnesota Ming Chiao Chapter
- National Sumi-e Organization
- Rochester Art Center
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