ASIAN LANDSCAPES: Paintings of the Asian Landscape Gallery are painted in a method based on Classical Chinese style. Chinese painting actually grew out of calligraphy, so it reveres the power and sensitivity of the stroke and the relationship between line and blank space. Although all art developed greatly during the Tang Dynasty, even today calligraphy is honored in all fine art.
In China, because of the stroke, artists are said to write an image, rather than draw or paint one. Landscapes beginnings were in black and white. Different shades from black to gray were used to express all the different colors. Scientifically and spiritually, artists knew that pure white space, like pure white light, contains all the colors of the universe. Mastering the relationship between black and white created a dynamic sense of reality. Eventually color was added, but typically very light and subtle.
Wai-Sin landscapes are often described as many paintings in one. Some giclees have been cut into triptych style or even more pieces and framed separately. The mini-pieces stand-alone beautifully. While the Classical Chinese style has evolved greatly and creatively in Wai-Sins paintings, their power is still due partly to the skill of the stroke in expressing the spirit of the image. Her mastery and love of calligraphy creates a multi-determined intensity, combining line, space and color in a truly ever new and living landscape.a
She further enriches the paintings with her innovative style of deep layering color and skillfully working both sides of the extremely fine and delicate rice paper. Once completed, all paintings are given endurance by backing them with a thicker and stronger rice paper. They are usually framed with fine wood and silk or other fine matting.