- Artist Portfolio Magazine – Q2 Art Competition
- TingTing Hsu – Princeton, NJ
David Hockney once said, “Like people, trees are all individuals.” For me, however, I feel as if people are more similar to the individual leaves on each tree, all connected with one another in one way or another.
As a painter, I had started to enjoy the simplicity of nature: the sunlight reflecting on the water and the un-groomed trees swaying in the wind. The same scenery appears to be ever changing in my eyes. I remember once I focused especially on the plants floating on the lake surface. No one pays any attention to them, and just like in this big world of ours, no one was paying any attention to me at that very moment. I realized that these types of plants are not special. They are not planted by anyone, and they won’t be seen in any botanical gardens attracting compliments. However, in my eyes, they were absolutely beautiful. Their life force, just like ours, was magnificent, as they had to fight for their survival each and every day no matter what type of environment they were in. They are not that different from us after all. It was then that I had decided to dedicate my art to explore the landscapes and figurative elements of nature.
Mankind has often asked the following questions: “Who am I? Where am I going? What am I doing?” For some, the answers have been found while others are still searching. For me, these questions and their answers come and go. Sometimes they are clear and other times they are the light in the distance. It is through my artwork that I have discovered the perfect way for me to express the answers I have found and to ponder the questions that will be asked.
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