My art studies began at a very early age in Shanghai, China, and included a wide range of art media and methods: Chinese Calligraphy and Brush painting as well as Western Oil Painting, both Landscape and Portraiture, and Contemporary Arts. I received a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. My works have been exhibited in many locations: for example, the Clinton Presidential Library ("Visualize a Bright Future", Private Collection); World Expo in Shanghai 2010; the Jade Circle Demonstration at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco; the Art Museum in Cleveland (Private Collection)“The Garden of Allah" in Hollywood (Private Collection); the China Art Museum in Beijing; and the Shanghai Art Museum. My Calligraphy and Painting have also been represented in exhibitions in Japan,Taiwan and Europe, as well as in solo art exhibitions including UC Berkeley Extension: Oil Portraiture and Landscape/Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting; and the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, SF: Oil Portraiture. Both PBS and CNN have created documentaries featuring my art.
The completed Dao De Jin, pictured here, contains 81 panels of text, with more than 5,000 individual characters, instructing how to create balance in life. A single mistake would necessitate a fresh start, so that in preparation I needed to practice the complete piece three times. For me, Lao Zi is universal, having no time reference, past or future, and is neither Eastern nor Western. Because this work is like a mirrored reflection of my own mind and heart, my in-depth calligraphy studies metamorphosed into a new and uniquely personal style to express his thoughts.