I have always been passionate about drawing since I was a small child. After high school I took a break from the doodling hobby to focus on my engineering studies. I graduated with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and work as a software engineer for Google. Soon after settling in the Pacific Northwest, I rediscovered art as my true calling. I studied with William Elston, Mitch Albala, Max Ginsburg, and Tony Ryder. I am most inspired by Max Ginsburg’s social realism, his call for “Truth is Beauty,” and the social impact that art can make. To the end of social impact, I created a Room To Read charity campaign to donate 100% of my art sales to support education for children in need.
I have been painting since 2002. My medium of choice is oil. I work from life mainly, as I find it beneficial for my learning of the lighting and the modeling of forms this way. I strive for impressionistic loose strokes blended with a classical realism that explore the interplay of shapes and light. To see my recent works, see my blog or instagram: @minzhong1.
Art helps me see the world with gratitude, and the process of creating is meditative to me. I also find that artistic creativity and logical reasoning are complementary: each painting is a problem-solving process as much as an artistic expression.