Hsi-Mei’s Background, Influences and philosophy
Born and raised in and around Taipei, Taiwan. Since early childhood she showed a fascination and talent for art and won many awards for her artwork during her school years. She showed an increased aptitude for painting, as she grew older and upon graduation, she was hired as an artist by the China Art Company, a company known internationally for its exquisite hand painted ceramic products. At the China Art Company, Hsi-Mei further developed and refined her techniques and painting skills through individual study wit many renowned Chinese artists. She studied the brush strokes of bamboo with Chi K’ang and Chung Shou-jen, flowers and birds with Chao Sung-ch’uan and Tu Teng-yin, landscapes with Shu Feng-nan and Ch’u Shan-‘ch’ing and calligraphy with Chin-Donn Lee.
In 1983 Hsi-Mei entered the United States and has continued her art endeavors. She has taught oriental watercolor painting in Washington, North Carolina and Virginia for the past 23 years. While visiting family members in the United States, Hsi-Mei met her husband, Vincent Yates, and she has traveled with him as his career has taken them to various stations throughout the United States and now to Stafford, Virginia.
Style: Hsi-mei’s style includes Sumi-e ink and unique oriental brush strokes. Her reverence for different landscapes, flowers, birds, insects, and fish have inspired her painting and have resulted in many awards from the local communities where she has lived. Her love of nature is evident in all of her art projects.
Hsi-Mei follows the Chinese philosophy, which encourages students to use their Chi:
“The power comes from inside the artist and flows onto the rice paper. The goal is to achieve inner peace with oneself through the act of creating. The artist draws energy from the inner tranquility and translates it to the paper. The brush strokes are very important in the development of the picture.”