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About My Art

My interest in both figure and landscape leads to the portrayal of the two subjects together in most of my paintings. I am exploring a way to translate the intimate communication between human bodies into something that conveys the connection we have with nature. To me the multifaceted relationship can be either harmonious, mysterious, dangerous, or confrontational, but always powerful and transitory. It is my intention to adopt an ambiguous and all-encompassing approach in engaging the viewer to reflect on the complexity of nature as well as the consequences of our actions. My interest in the environment started before my art career. I was trained as a chemical engineer and had conducted environmental research through which I was exposed to the issues and became very concerned about the urgency of actions. With my portrayal of ordinary people in natural settings, I wish to captivate the audience not only to feel the connections but also to reflect on the risks and dangers we could face if we do not respond and act.

Although I start with a reference photo to work on my composition, my final product often deviates a great deal from the original image. The sketch serves as a greeting to my dialogue with the canvas, during which I let my intuition and imagination guide the process most of the time. The interaction with the surface involves thin and thick paints, variation of brushworks, smudging, scratching, and trial and error with layering and iterations. This process adds energy, spontaneity, expressiveness, and a sense of adventure that are important in capturing the unpredictability, complexity, and the transitory aspect in natural elements and figures. The dialogue with the canvas also enables me to constantly think of making connections between the figure and the landscape while painting, thus helps to convey these interactions to the viewer as the main theme of my works. 

AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS

2019

Artists of Halton & Peel Juried Exhibition 2019v, Jurors Award 1st Place, Joshua Creek Heritage Centre, Oakville.

Cabbagetown Arts and Craft Show, Toronto

Artisans in the Garden, Mississauga

Arts on the Credit Annual Fine Art Show, Port Credit, Mississauga

2018

Visual Arts Mississauga Annual Members Show, 2nd Place, Mississauga

Mississauga Art Society Marty’s Award for Established Artist, Mississauga

Arts on the Credit Annual Fine Art Show, Port Credit, Mississauga

Society of Canadian Artists 50th International Open Juried Show, Toronto

Art in the Park, Visual ArtsMississauga 

2017

Arts on the Credit Annual Fine Art Show, Port Credit, Mississauga

Society of Canadian Artists 49th International Open Juried Show, Toronto

2016

Colour and Form Society Biennial Juried Show, Toronto

ArtWorks Oakville 17th Annual Juried Art Show, Oakville

Mississauga Art Society Fine Art Show, Visual Arts Mississauga

2015

ArtWorks Oakville 16th Annual Juried Art Show, Oakville

Mississauga Art Society Fine Art Show, Visual Arts Mississauga

2014

Mississauga Art Society Fine Art Show, Visual Arts Mississauga

2012 

Art in the Park, Visual ArtsMississauga 

Beaux-Arts Brampton Open Juried Show, Brampton

2007 

Symposium de Sainte-Rose Juried Show, Laval, Quebec

2006 

La Semaine des Arts Visuels de Mont-Tremblant, 16th edition Juried Show, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

2005 

Comme Unique Art, 14th Anniversaire, Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Exposition 2005

 

MEMBERSHIP AND GROUPS

Arts on the Credit

Visual Arts Mississauga

Figurative Expressions

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre