My art reflects the feelings and thoughts of the people who have experienced the perils of life, those who are pushed to the edge of death during war time, those who suffer through horrendous living conditions while escaping communism to seek freedom, and those who struggle to assimilate in a new country. To survive despite a desperate situation, we must reinforce ourselves with a strong positive outlook on life.
When I sit in front blank canvas, my emotions flow in intuitively. Images of the past, from Vietnam to America, come and go through my consciousness while my hands paint. The formal qualities are equally as important as the underlying messages in my work. I use thick and thin layers of pigments, ambiguous and conflicting spatial arrangements, powerful and energetic brush strokes against tranquil and soft lines to enhance an overall dynamic look.
When the visual part of the art flows with my feelings, the piece is complete.