Exposure to painting will allow one to appreciate something beautiful and can thereby guide a person towards a better, more pure soul. The more I understand different traditions and cultures, the more deeply I am inspired and the more I can express through my artworks.
Watching. 24x30. Oil on canvas. A young girl sits, holding her knees. She gazes out into the distance--perhaps she’s watching something or just daydreaming; enjoying her youth.
Sanctity. 56.5 x 62.8. Oil on canvas. As Tibetans line up to perform their worship, they are bathed in the dazzling warmth of the sun. In that instant, the whole world seems to became immaculate with pure thoughts.
Dandelions. Date: 2013. 24 × 30 Inches. Oil on Canvas. A young girl enjoys the summer warmth in a field of dandelions, blowing off the fluffy white seeds.
Holy Journey. Date: 2008. 57 x 63 Inches. Oil on Canvas. Under the deep blue sky, a Tibetan woman stops to rest on her pilgrimage, leaning on a stone wall. The long road winds into the distance, leading into the snow-capped mountains and eventually to remote temples. Serenity and satisfaction fill her face, despite the harsh journey ahead. The Tibetan Plateau, also called the “Roof of the World” for its altitude, is considered divine by Tibetans, who believe that traversing the snowy peaks on foot will purify one’s soul.
Chanting. Date: 2009. 36 x 48 Inches. Oil on Canvas. An elderly Tibetan woman sits, spinning her prayer wheel. Her eyes reflect the kindness and devotion in her heart, as she chants her prayers tirelessly. The colourful scene is imbued with a sense of calmness, abundance, security and the joy of contentment. The background represents a Tibetan motif.Tibetans are generally very pious. Their predominant belief is Tibetan Buddhism, which has been embraced in the region for over 1000 years. Papers containing prayers are rolled and put inside a prayer wheel, which believers spin in a daily ritual for worship. The prayer wheel is used to fend off evil, repent past wrongdoings, purify one’s heart and accumulate merit.
Tibetan Girl in Front of Gate. Date: 2009. 36 x 48 Inches. Oil on Canvas. A Tibetan girl sits leisurely in front of a gate, smiling gently. Her traditional dress is wonderfully colorful; this is her regular attire. The white, auspicious hada--a long and narrow silk scarf that embodies purity--catches the breeze behind her. Life is tough for most Tibetans, but their complaints are few. They make the most of what they have and do their best to keep up their spirits.