About the Artist

Portia La Touche is an emerging artist from California with a strong Asian spirit pursuing the rigorous discipline of traditional Chinese brush painting of ink on rice paper with the energy of contemporary American art esthetic. Inspiration comes from classic Japanese and Chinese works of art, from the endless wonders in nature, and from the spontaneity of dancing with the brush. The push and pull between Chinese Brush Painting and western-style watercolors creates a positive tension that challenges the artist to continually try new methods and explore different techniques, sometimes blurring the lines between east and west.

Artist’s Background

Traditionally trained in drawing and water media, including watercolors and acrylics, then mastered ceramics and became artist in residence at the Crafts Center, University of California, San Diego. Began studying Asian Brush Painting in the early 1980’s after a trip to Japan to study ceramics. Also skilled in printmaking; produced silkscreened designs for fabrics. Extensive travels to China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, and India to study traditional Asian arts and crafts.

Member of American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting and Chinese Brush Painting Society.

Art Training

University of California San Diego Visual Arts Minor. Studied with David Antin, John Baldessari, Paul Brach, Harold Cohen, Manny Farber, Newton Harrison. Universidad de Madrid European Art History at Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Studied Chinese Brush Painting with Nancy Rupp, Jean Shen, Tom Chow, Rosemary KimBal. Studied watercolor painting with Carol Curtis, Tom Tiedeman, Helen Shafer-Garcia, Lori Mitchell.

Recent Exhibits

June 2013 – Chinese Brush Painting Society 2013 Exhibition at Gallery 21, Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

January – March 2013 – “Creating a Legacy with Contemporary Zen Art” at Hera Hub Mission Valley, San Diego, CA

November 2012 – Annual Chinese Brush Painting Society Exhibit, Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

October 2012 – Third Place Award for Landscapes, American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting Annual Exhibit, Huntington Beach, CA

August – December 2012 – “Creating a Legacy with Contemporary Zen Art” at Hera Hub Sorrento Valley, San Diego, CA

July 2012 – 6th Annual Lung Hsiang Exhibit, San Diego Botanic Garden, CA May 2010 – “Montage Exhibition,” Bruno Levin Gallery, Escondido, CA

Tango Dragon Mashup @ Villa Musica

Portia La Touche Contemporary Zen Art Exhibit @ Hera Hub