East-West fusion watercolours

I describe my watercolour paintings as East-West fusion watercolours. The East comes from my Chinese heritage and the influence of Chinese artist Lian Quan Zhen on the development of my watercolour technique. The West comes from my choice of subject matter and style of painting from a western viewpoint. Combining these two influences has enabled me to develop my own unique style of watercolour. There is not much that is subtle and diluted in my watercolour paintings. They are bright, boldly coloured and combine everything that I love about eastern and western watercolour techniques.

I have found great satisfaction and pleasure from working in this medium which can be unpredictable and a challenge to master. I love the vibrant colours that can be created using pure pigments and the white of the paper. I also love the spontaneity that comes from a medium that can be extremely difficult to control if you don’t have a plan. It sounds like a contradiction but to produce some really spontaneous effects in watercolour you really have to plan the painting and each stage.

All of the colours that I use have their own unique personalities they react with the water and paper in such individual ways that you can use this to your advantage once you understand how they behave. Painting with watercolour is very different to any other medium that I have ever worked with. This medium has a life and personality of its own.

All of the colours that I use have their own unique personalities they react with the water and paper in such individual ways that you can use this to your advantage once you understand how they behave. Painting with watercolour is very different to any other medium that I have ever worked with. This medium has a life and personality of its own.