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My artwork is colorful, intricate and lively. I use a visual vocabulary that includes ornamentation in the form of pattern and repetition.
Some of my work is abstract but referential, and some include images, usually in the form of line drawings. My paintings call to mind a range of associations from mandalas, the cosmos, cells, lace, brocade and more.
I was born in Taiwan, raised in Brazil, Oklahoma and Texas. I attended both college and graduate school in the United States, yet my aesthetic sensibility has remained essentially eastern.
The Far East (and the Middle East) has a long tradition of ornamental art and architecture, and it is from this source that my artwork springs. I have traveled widely and think of myself as a citizen of the world. My work is multicultural in an almost literal sense of the word.
I take from the tradition of Indian and Tibetan mandalas, Japanese floral patterns, Brazilian colors, Western illusionistic painting, and contemporary painting vocabulary.
I have a reverence for tradition and I feel indebted to all that has come before me. Within this framework I work to push the boundaries of my understanding of what painting is or can be.
I love beauty, and I am aware of making beautiful paintings. Yet beauty as an end in itself doesn’t seem quite enough to me. I think of myself as someone who creates worlds within worlds with the aim of revealing profound, contemplative, slow truths.