Chinese Brush Paintings
Emily Bi is based in Annan, Ontario and enjoys depicting the beauty of nature with expressive Chinese brushwork with ink on rice paper or silk as well as with acrylic on canvas. Emily aims to capture her surroundings, ranging from flowers, to birds, to landscapes in her artwork. An avid gardener and collector of peony and hosta species, these plants as well as species native to Grey Bruce are among her favorite painting subjects.
Emily immigrated from a small city located in North East China, where the city tree is ginkgo, to Canada with her family in 2002. Emily has a Bachelor of Science and has worked in the engineering field in both China and Canada for nearly thirty years, called Canada home for twenty and also hosts an annual open house to the garden oasis, “Gingko Footprints”, that she and her husband have been cultivating for over ten years.
Emily first took private lessons in chinese brushwork in 2009 and has explored this beautiful medium ever since. She works in the two primary styles of traditional brushwork, Freehand (Xieyi), which is loose and expressive and the Meticulous (Gongbi) style, which is highly detailed. While Chinese brush painting has been a mainstay in her life and is central to her aesthetic, she has recently been exploring acrylic painting under the guidance of noted local instructor, Peter John Reid.
Emily is a member of the Owen Sound Artists Co-op and also exhibits in other venues in Grey Bruce, such as All Things T and Grey County Hall. She occasionally teaches brushwork workshops at Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts and also loves to share her passion for gardening with the community.