Traditional Chinese watercolor painting mixes physical, philosophical and esthetic elements. Traditional Chinese artistic forms and techniques are profound, which is why, as a painter, I have a deep affection toward them. But I wouldn’t say that my paintings are strictly traditional because different styles of art can inform each other and merge together. This is why the influence of the abstract beauty of modern western art can be seen in my work.
Art is my life, and its creation is the focus of all my energy. I’d like people to understand me through my paintings. I want to excite my viewers so that they can share my ideas and feelings. Nature is an unlimited source of beauty from which people derive emotional sustenance. So for me nature and beauty serve as a kind of universal language, a medium through which I can express myself.
If I can make a comparison to music, modern art is like the blues, with the artist’s inspiration being brought to the surface as the work’s subject. What I aspire to achieve is something like jazz, where every note or brushstroke is informed by and infused with the artist’s beliefs, emotions and experiences. To me a successful work should have a free flowing momentum on both visual and emotional levels.
When I paint I usually spend a long time in contemplation in front of the paper, then complete the painting in one go. I like to paint freely without any restrictions. The feeling and effect in my paintings is achieved almost incidentally, because to me techniques shouldn’t be deliberately pursued to achieve some specific artificial result. My personal style is my personal character. I believe that personal style is not something that one can pursue. It’s the natural expression of the artist’s knowledge, qualities, character and interests.