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A father

a husband

a canine lover...

 

A gardener

a fisherman

a chef...

 

A professor

an historian

a designer

an illustrator...

 

A Buddhist

a Taoist

a Christian

an atheist

a free thinker...

 

An artist

a poet

and most of all

a dreamer...

JJ’s childhood was spent in China during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).  During that era of madness, drawing, writing and reading poetry kept him safe and sane, and shielded him from the chaotic world outside.  Drawing and painting have become inseparable parts of JJ’s life.  They came to him naturally (and early) and have help shaped his view of the world and himself to a large degree.

 

As a fine artist, JJ draws his inspiration from both his eastern and western cultural roots, as well as his inquisitive mind and inner poetry.  He excels in drawing, watercolor and oil painting, while exploring subjects such as: still life, landscape/cityscape, portrait and figure, Chinese calligraphy and brush painting. His work has been widely exhibited, collected and has won many awards.. 

JJ currently lives in Cary, North Carolina and is the founder and director of the Village Art Circle fine art gallery in the heart of downtown Cary.  His unique art journey was written and published in the OUR STATE/North Carolina magazine, January 2015 issue.  

Awards and honors

2019 Selected for the National Watercolor Society 99th International Exhibition

2019 Work featured in the Splash 21: Capturing Mood!

2019 First Place Prize Winner, En Plein Air Paint-Off, Fuquay-Varina, NC

2019 Selected for the American Watercolor Society's 152nd Annual International Exhibition to be held in the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City

2018 Work featured in the The Art of Watercolor magazine, issue 33

201Selected for 2018 National Watercolor Society Annual Member Exhibition

2018 Second Place Prize Winner,  Fifth Town of Cary’s En Plein Air Paint the Town Competition

2018 People's Choice Prize Winner,  Fifth Town of Cary’s En Plein Air Paint the Town Competition

2017 Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Award, WSNC Annual Juried Exhibit; Juried by Mary Whyte

2017 First Place Prize Winner,  Fourth Town of Cary’s En Plein Air Paint the Town Competition

2017 People's Choice Prize Winner,  Fourth Town of Cary’s En Plein Air Paint the Town Competition

2016 Signature Member Award, Watercolor Society of North Carolina Annual Juried Exhibit

2016 First Place Prize Winner, Third Town of Cary’s En Plein Air Paint the Town Competition

2015 Fourth Place Prize Winner, WSNC Annual Juried Exhibit; Juried by Linda Baker, NWS, AWS

2015 Honorable Mention, Second Town of Cary’s Second En Plein Air Paint the Town Competition

2015 First Place Prize Winner, En Plein Air Paint-Off, Fuquay-Varina, NC

2014 Fifth Place Prize Winner, WSNC Annual Juried Exhibit; Juried by Eric Wiegardt, NWS, AWS

2014 First Place Prize Winner, Town of Cary’s Inaugural En Plein Air Paint the Town Competition

2012 M. Graham & Co. Award, WSNC Annual Juried Exhibit; Juried by John Salminen, NWS. AWS

2011 President Award, WSNC Annual Juried Exhibit; Juried by Paul Jackson, NWS, AWS

2009 Jerry’s Artarama Award, WSNC Annual Juried Exhibit; Juried by Steve Rogers, NWS, AWS

2008 Art & Graphics/UBE Award, WSNC Annual Juried Exhibit; Juried by Charles Reid, NWS

2007 Merit Award, WSNC Annual Juried Exhibit; Juried by Sue Archer, NWS, AWS

2006 Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Award, WSNC Annual Juried Exhibit; Juried by Cheng Khee Chee,                    NWS, AWS