After I finished college, I attended as a fellow artist the Vermont Studio Center in the US. It was an inspiring and helpful residency, where I met good artists, made friends. A few days ago, thanks to the “world wide web” I reconnected with Chris Chou, an artist I met during the residency, with whom I shared impressions, ideas and artistic knowledge. I remember the studio work, chatting, the plein air painting, the back-country walks along the Gihon River in the village of Johnson , Lamoille River (when I never thought I will one day start fly fishing and become on Orvis fan – a fishing tackle company established in Vermont). I enjoyed the working time and the company of fellow artists Ana Lopez Montes, Nicholas Constantakis, E.H. Sorrels -Adewale, Pamela Folsom, Valerie Pawlak, Shin Kyoung-Ho , Barbara White, Louis Finkelstein and others… It was a positive, creative period and staying, where I discover America’s values and Vermont’s intrinsic beauty. Places like Smugglers’ Notch and others revealed me the rural landscape and the local spirit.
Guggenheim Fellow 2007. Painting is an attitude about life. Painting gives me faith, because I know what I have been through. Painting teaches me to be humble, because there are so many Things I do not know. I see things very directly. I only select the form or color, which really speak to me. I am using personal symbols to tell the story of thing which I care. They come from nature and the relationship between people/things and God/me. I love color. I paint the color of red. I want to push red as far as it can go. Red is hot, red is blood, red is energy. I love form. I draw the form of circle. It could be an egg: the life itself. It could be a watermelon: the fruit that I enjoy. It could be a window: to lead you to another landscape. It could be an eye: but what an eye. I believe painting has the power to heal. I believe painting is my mission. My goal is simple, but is not easy. I want to make a great art. I want use it to share, to comfort, and to celebrate. Through my painting– May you smell different season of life. Have a date with surprise! Or…. Just simply a smile