The artistic traces I leave—my sumi-e.
They are the records of my existence and the processes of my energy.
They are my sign language in which only the essence of form needs to
be expressed, and “a brush stroke gesture” is quicker than
So they are non-intellectual, intuitive shapes, hopefully capturing
the spirit, rather than the semblance of the subject matter, and in that
abstract format, I communicate my truth and feelings to the real world
of the people who look at these “signs”.
During my Japanese travels I learned the culture and arts and befriended
artists, calligraphers and poets. All those experiences enriched
greatly my understanding of “the spirit” that “lives” in
sumi-e. I was fortunate to study sumi-e with great teachers and artists, Qigu
Jiang and Shozo Sato.