The artists express their passion for the ancient art of Chinese Brush Painting. Painting in China is considered literary art, one of the Four Accomplishments and the hallmark of the gentleman scholar or literati.
Exhibit will be on view from
September 18th – November 2nd
Join us for the Artists Reception
on September 22nd, 2-4 PM
at the Barth Room
There will be refreshments and painting demonstration by students
Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 9 PM
Friday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 1 PM – 5 PM
I saw a notice of a Chinese Brush painting class at the Huntington 15 years ago. I was hooked by the end of my first class and grateful to this day!
As a semi-retired professional musician and teacher, painting daily is a journey I have enjoyed for three years. My mother and grandmother were accomplished artists in several media, but I chose Chinese Brush painting for its simplicity, speed, and colors. I exhibit regularly at the Whittier Art Gallery.
Watercolor has always been my favorite medium, but I lacked the confidence to learn techniques necessary to successfully manipulate colors and subjects. Internationally known artist Nan Rae has been a great help, and I have begun to feel comfortable trying Chinese painting. It takes a while, but it is fun and rewarding.
After living in Japan for a year, I fell in love with Sumi-e art. Chinese Brush painting uses more color than the Japanese style, but as you can see, I’m still partial to ink-and even in photography I prefer black and white.
About eight years ago I was introduced to the wonderful world of Chinese Brush Painting. Although my career’s focus for the last 30 years has been teaching elementary school, I have maintained interest in art through watercolor, silk ribbon embroidery, and crafts.
I studied fine arts and graphic design at NMSU. Then took time off from art to pursue a stewardess career and then a career as a mariachi. Back to the arts with a vengeance working in the mediums of watercolor/ink, oils, ceramics and block printing.
I’m an environmental educator with the non-profit Grades of Green, working with middle school students to take action to care for the earth. Since 2008 I have taken numerous classes with Nan. “It’s all about enjoying the process!”
Diane Riska Taylor
I’m a scientist and librarian by training, but still a middle school kid at heart! My favorite thing about retirement is reading whatever I want (non-fiction science and tech), whenever I want, and wherever I want!
As a Los Angeles-based abstract painter I explore the intersection of East and West in colorful, textural oil paintings. I also practice Chinese and Japanese Brush painting and calligraphy, as well as Western watercolor painting.
Ralph Y. Komai
With a PhD in Chemistry. I worked for The Gas Company, after eighteen years as an Environmental Engineer and Manager. I then taught Environmental Science at Whittier College for four years. Besides painting, I write lyrics for special people and significant occasions.
When I retired several years ago from my desk job, I decided to pursue some of the hobbies I had set aside during my career. I looked around at watercolor lessons, but it was too frustrating for me. Then I discovered Nan and my painting has flourished. I love the free flow of the strokes and the negative space that sumi-e painting provides.
I have been practicing Calligraphy for over 40 years. I’m an active member in the Society for Calligraphy: Southern California. When Nan taught rainy day bamboo I had the idea to combine my calligraphic art with the Chinese Brush technique. It worked! I work out of my home studio in Whittier and specialize in words for living and loving.
In looking for a new mode of expression beyond printmaking, I decided to explore watercolor. I have long admired Chinese brush painting for the way a simple brush stroke can completely describe a form. I truly enjoy the spontaneity this technique provides. One graceful line can create a world.
Before retiring I was a Senior Pastor and as I’ve always wanted to learn Watercolor, Brush painting is perfect. Nan Rae makes even the beginner feel good about what they accomplish and I look forward to continuing this fine art form.
I previously took watercolor classes in Oregon for four years. Recently has been painting in watercolors for three years.
I’m an amateur artist, as well as an experienced project manager with more than 30 years of experience. I have completed a number of works that have been donated to various non-profit institutions for silent auctions and raffles.