Drawing and painting come to me as naturally as breathing. Like many artists all over the world, I find inspiration every day in my surroundings. I've painted hundreds of landscapes, portraits, sunsets, rainbows and other Hawaiian scenes. But I'm especially fascinated by natural patterns in nature, including rocks, stones, pebbles, shells and the various things you discover when you walk along a beach on a sunny summer day. And rocks have such deep meaning - think of all the sayings and images connected with them! You are my rock, rock solid, build your house upon a rock, rock music, a rolling stone gathers no moss, etc..
I'm a native Californian, born in Los Angeles. When I was very young, my family moved back to my father's home town in a small farming community in Wisconsin. After a few years we moved to the southwestern desert of Tucson, Arizona and finally to California's Bay Area. Since then I've travelled extensively and also have lived and worked in New York and Florida. In 1996 I moved to Maui, Hawaii, and about five years ago to an area called Valley of the Temples on the windward side of the island of Oahu.
After Years spent drawing, painting, studying and experimenting with lots of different mediums, I finally settled on oil painting for most of my work, using methods inspired by the Old Masters. I also enjoy drawing with pen and ink, etching and sculpting. Some of my favorite artists are Jan Vermeer, Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein the Younger, Winslow Homer and Frederick Edwin Church.
My work is in public and private collections worldwide. One of my first awards for painting was a prized blue ribbon from the Los Gatos California Art Association's Juried Member Show held at Saratoga's Villa Montalvo Arts Center on April 8, 1967. In May 1995, my painting "Big Sur Symphony" won the Mayor's Choice Award in Carmel, California's annual Art Festival.
On Maui I've been a featured artist at the Hotel Wailea, at Haiku's Ho'olaulea and Flower Festival and at the Art of Real Estate in Kihei, Maui. I've participated in Seabury Hall's Aloha Art Gallery and many other shows, including having work accepted in the prestigious Art Maui, held yearly at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. I also created sold-out T-shirt designs for two separate benefit concerts that the famous rock band The Doobie Brothers held on Maui.
My work currently is in three galleries - Hana Coast Gallery on Maui, Haiku Style on Maui, and Sunshine Arts on Oahu.
You can reach me at my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan Welda Tong