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I am excited to be in a new stage of my artistic
- focusing on plein air painting in
 Chinese brush painting remains with
me, but now I am taking a new, exciting direction
in my art
Since childhood I have been an artist.  I explored
many different mediums and styles.    

I attended the University of New Mexico and
a BFA in drawing and painting.  Two out
of my four years of college were spent exploring
black and white, using charcoal and pencil.  I
found those years to be invaluable.  
Subsequently, I had the great privilege of studying
with Ning Yeh, renowned Chinese master brush

Past exhibitions include Made in California, Brea,
CA, 50th Annual Hillcrest  Fine Arts Festival in La
Habra Heights, CA and a large exhibit of my works
at the Cerritos Millennium Library in
September/October 2009.  I exhibited at the 2010
Art-A-Fair, as well as the Sawdust Winter Fantasy
shows in Laguna Beach, CA.  Additionally, I was a
juror of the Fall Judged Show at the San Clemente
Art Association in August  2011.

I have chosen the Hsieh-I (pronounced “Shay-ee”)

(Depicting Idea) style of brush painting.  I depict
my idea of a particular flower and not the literal
flower in front of me.  Po Mo (meaning “throw ink”)
is the method that I use.  Once a stroke is done – it’
s done.  Spontaneity, freedom and honesty are
some of the important principles in this method of
painting.  Once a painting is completed, I then
mount each painting on a special mounting paper,
using an archival glue.  This process restores the
color and brush strokes to their beautiful state that
was visible when first painted.  The luminescence,
color blending and quality of brush strokes acting
on the rice paper is unlike anything I have ever
experienced while doing western watercolor.  I
love the spontaneous, lively quality of the brush in
contact with the paper.  The loading and blending
of water and color is critical for each stroke.

The control and skill that must be used in handling

brushes is endlessly fascinating to me.  There are
some brushes called hard brushes that work
better for lines and some softer ones that work
better for broader shapes such as flower petals.  
Each brush handles differently.  The brushes are
made out of a variety and number of very specific
animal hairs.  

This is a fresh, new approach to my art through
Chinese brush painting:

  • powerful clear visions
  • liveliness of strokes
  • freedom/spontaneity of strokes
  • gracefulness
  • simplicity/essence of subject matters
  • beauty in life

All original paintings.  
Commissions accepted.

Certificate of Merit 2009 - Chinese Brush Painting
Teaching Techniques, Professor Ning Yeh.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA / (714) 514-1862
Debbie at Yellow Mountain, China
Self portrait
Grand Canyon