I was honored to have one of my Chinese calligraphy paintings, “In the Gentle Wind Bamboo Sings by Itself,” accepted in to the Exhibit of Calligraphy and Paintings at the Taipei Economic & Cultural Center in Los Angeles in July 2017. It is a distinction to have a Chinese calligraphy created by a Westerner accepted by the Asian community, as they are very critical of the way in which this 2,000 year old artistic tradition is executed.
My painting “Dreaming of Tunxi” has been accepted in to the Fine Art Exhibit, Asian Category, at the 2017 San Diego Fair. The inspiration came from my trip to China in 2013 with Ning Yeh and our visit to Hong Village near Tunxi at the base of the Yellow Mountains (Huangshan). The ancient white and black architecture was so picturesque against the backdrop of steep mountains.
Two of my paintings, “Peonies of Heze” and “Rising Above Desire,” have been juried in to the 2016 San Diego Fair Fine Art Exhibit, Asian Brush Category.
A bit about these artworks –
The city of Heze is the peony flower capital of China, and when I visited there in 2013, I was overwhelmed with the miles of amazing flowers, their buds hard and dense, then opening up to lacy, full-faced bursts of color. I tried to capture that experience.
The lotus grows in muddy water and is a symbol of man rising above the muck of life, including desire, to a more noble being.
A variety of selected items finely crafted by talented artisans. Just in time for Christmas. This is the major art event of the season in the desert and draws a big crowd. Opening reception: December 5, 2015
June-July 2015 - Del Mar, CA
Chinese Brush Painting category.
Two paintings were juried in. “Magenta Magic” won 2nd prize for the category, as well as a cash prize from the Lung Hsiang Chinese Brush Painting organization.
Annual fair of local artists displaying a variety of art. I launched a new line of ceramic art tiles featuring my paintings – both Chinese Brush Painting and watercolors – applied to ceramic tiles that are functional and decorative.
Portia La Touche will be the new Artist in Residence at Villa Musica featuring her exhibit of Contemporary Chinese Brush Paintings. Villa Musica is a non-profit musical academy, located in old Sorrento Valley, in San Diego. The exhibit is open to the public and will be up for Feb. and March, 2015. The opening reception is Sunday, Feb. 8, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. and will include a musical performance by Villa Musica musicians as well as a performance piece by Portia with Chinese Dancing Brushes and Villa Musica music.
Portia’s painting “Magenta Magic” has won 2nd Prize in the Flower & Bird category at the 2014 American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting Exhibit. Jack Liang, a Chinese Brush Painter, calligrapher and seal carver, was the independent judge. The inspiration for this simple, elegant painting came from Chinese Brush Painter Diana Wong and her in-depth study of phalaenopsis or moth orchid.
This is the annual exhibit of the Chinese Brush Painting Society of San Diego who paint in the traditional Chinese Brush Painting style. Portia has 5 paintings hanging, 3 of which are featured on the main gallery wall.