About Me

Artist Statement


          Portrait drawing has been the main focus of my works and I have found it challenging and fascinating. It is challenging to portrait the unique characteristics of each muscle on a human's face: length, thickness, orientation, location and tension.  It is yet fascinating to arrange individual muscle to present complex facial expressions of sadness, happiness, surprise, movement, and many more.  Influenced by my mentor, a famous Fauvist in Taiwan, A-Sun Wu, and my favorite artists, Egon Schiele, Jim Dime, and Kathe Kollwtz, my works tend to be expressive.


          The portraits submitted are my recent drawings and drawings 2010 in my Violinists and Cello Boy series.  My daughter and my son's daily practice and their dedication in music have inspired me to begin this series that documents their hard work. What motivates me the most are my children's persistence, confidence and concentration in learning violin and cello.  I took hundreds of photos at different phases of their practice: from struggling with a few notes to finally playing harmonically.  I studied each photo carefully to engrave the essence of the moment in my memory.  I then drew the same theme over and over again, experimenting with different media and in various styles, to express and explore my reactions and feelings toward their progress.  

Education and Awards


Education


2004 - 2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Magna Cum Laude), Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon


2000 - 2004 Associate of Art in Fine Arts, Linn Benton Community College, Albany, Oregon


1992 - 1993 Certified Graduate Gemologist and Jewelry Designer, Gemological Institute of America, California 


Awards

"A Cellist's Concentration", Honorable Mention, Gresham Art Committee Annual Juried Exhibit, Gresham, Oregon 2015


"Being Interrupted", Honorable Mention, Gresham Art Committee Annual Juried Exhibit, Gresham, Oregon 2014


"Grand Finale", Juror's Choice Award, 2nd Place, Gresham Art Committee Annual Juried Exhibit, Gresham, Oregon 2013"


"A Cellist's Concentration", J. Lynn Peterson Hundred Valleys Award, ArtWorks NW, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, Oregon, 2013


"A Cellist's Concentration", Exhibition Award in the Adult Professional category, Howland Community Open Exhibition, the Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon, 2013


"A Cellist's Concentration", People's Choice Award, Howland Community Open Exhibition, the Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon, 2013

Exhibitions & Professional Associations


Exhibitions


2014 Solo Exhibit, ArtCentric, Corvallis, Oregon (forthcoming)


2014 Group Exhibit, Lower Columbia College, Longview, Washington 


2014 Gresham Art Committee Annual Juried Show, Gresham, Oregon 


2014 Howland Community Open Exhibition, ArtCentric, Corvallis, Oregon


2013 Gresham Art Committee Annual Juried Show, Gresham, Oregon


2013 Howland Community Open Exhibition, ArtCentric, Corvallis, Oregon


2012 The 7th Annual Community Art Exhibit, Giustina Gallery, LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis, Oregon


 2012 Southern Oregon Art Show, Firehouse Gallery, Grants Pass, Oregon


2012 Gresham Art Committee Annual Juried Show, Gresham, Oregon


2010 Picture the Musician: Portraits of Musicians by Northwest Artists, Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Wenatchee, Washington


2008 The 3rd Annual Community Art Exhibit, Giustina Gallery, LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis, Oregon


2008 Linn-Benton Community College Alumni Art Show, Albany, Oregon


 2007 The 5th Around Oregon Annual, ArtCentric, Corvallis, Oregon


2007 Senior Show, Fairbanks Gallery, Corvallis, Oregon


2007 Student Solo Show, West Gallery, Corvallis, Oregon


 2007 Women's Art Show, Memorial Union, Corvallis, Oregon


Professional Associations


 Portrait Society of America

 Corvallis Art Guild

News

Solo Art show

At the North Santiam Hall Galleries, Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, March 2 - April 21, 2016

December 2015

One of my drawings was included in Steven Hancoff's recent 4-volume publication "BACH, CASALS AND TH

One of my drawings was included in Steven Hancoff's recent 4-volume publication "BACH, CASALS AND THE SIX SUITES FOR CELLO SOLO"

The work "Immersed in a Bach's Bourree " can be found on page 278 of Volume 3: Pablo Casals and the Six Suites for Cello Solo.

October 2014

IMPERFECT PERFECTION Solo Art Show at the Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon, October 2 - 25, 2014

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