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The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

I have felt the damage that the tumultuous modern life can cause on the self. I have searched for peace and simplicity, but found chaos and noise everywhere. I had therefore to seek the stillness in myself. I found this while creating art. There, also influenced by Eastern philosophies, I strive to bring out the spirit rather than to give the description of a object. My aim is to capture the sense of wonder that comes with truly seeing something for the first time and to convey the connection with the subject matter I felt at that moment. My hope is that when people look at my art, they too, will feel that ....without words...without explanations...

My drawings are rooted in the human figure where the emphasis is placed on the mood or impact it creates. I use lines and shades very sparingly, just to accentuate the contrasts between dark and light -- or yin and yang.

Most of my paintings are based on the techniques of Sumi-e, a Japanese brush painting, using oriental calligraphic strokes, yet my own language has developed which is a combination of the traditional Eastern techniques with contemporary sensibility.

I aspire to render in them the spirit or chi, rather than the resemblance to the object.

As my practice progresses, I continue to reveal more parallels between my art work, Tai Chi,and life itself.