I began studying sumi-ink brush painting while living in Japan, studying with a sumi master for 2 years. On my return to the United States, I earned a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary social science and continued my exploration of brush painting as both an art form and a cultural meaning system. In the Boston area I continued my painting studies: Japanese calligraphy (Judith Liniado), Japanese brush painting (Jan Zaremba), and classical Chinese landscape painting (Ma Qingxiong).
Originally I was drawn to the Japanese aesthetic of deceptive simplicity and restrained expressiveness. I have interpreted this understanding by creating my own versions of familiar imagery such as bamboo, plum blossom, Buddhist figures, etc. Over the last few years I have combined historic Japanese and Chinese painting styles with ideas from Western art history. By fusing Eastern and Western artistic and cultural sensibilities, I re-interpret traditional symbols and styles. Exploring and expanding the inherent qualities of sumi-ink, rice paper and Asian brushes, mediated by discipline-based painting skills, I express my unique vision of serenity and authenticity.
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