I was born in Ji-Lin province ( formerly known as Manchuria), China in the middle 60’s. My father Rui Sheng Li, worked for the Communist state as a professional artist designing opera and movie sets for major state works. Given his dynamic exuberance, art has always been a major interest in my life but growing up his presence intimidated me from discovering my own artistic self.
This changed when I left China in the late 80’s, moving to Vermont. There, I realized I had some talent and tenaciously fought for a B.A. in studio arts. Thereafter, I returned to China and spent the next three years collaborating with my father on the production of a book of his vast art work, providing photography and design to the project. Additionally, I managed his gallery located in Shenzhen University.
Returning to the U.S., I entered several business ventures and my art had to take a back seat. It was only after marrying my wonderful husband that I have returned to the serious pursuit of art. In the last several years I have continued to study art in a number of venues as well as continuing to paint in my own studio.
Influenced by my artist father, Ruisheng Li, who works in bold form, I like paintings with free strokes, dramatic compositions and vibrant colors.
I have taken thousands of photos, which I use, as a source for my paintings. I like to use details of realistic images, found in nature, landscapes or still lives to convert into abstract paintings. My paintings are the way that I view the world: I use the color, lights, patterns and lines to express my feelings. Through the brush strokes I can feel passion, which inspires my creation. In my paintings, I enjoy creating whimsy and describing my own cultural background
I hope viewers can feel the exciting color, powerful shapes and joy from my paintings.
B.A. Cum Laude in Studio Arts; University of Vermont 1996
Post graduate study:
U.C. Berkeley Extension
San Francisco Art Institute
California College of Arts
Private instruction with Larry Robinson M.F.A.
**Silver Award / 2nd Place at Fremont Art Association 50th Annual Art Show 2015
**Golden Key National Honor Society
The Devil’s Terrace—A Mystical Land of Art
published 1999 (photography and book design)