PARAMOUNT - Ying Liu, an accomplished watercolor originally from China, will give a demonstration of her work at a Downey Art League meeting Sunday at Progress Park in Paramount.Liu came to the U.S. in 1987 to pursue graduate studies at Ohio State University, USC and UCLA. She had previously taught English at her hometown university in China. By the end of 2003, after completing her teaching graduate studies, Liu began to embrace her passion of fine art in the form of drawing and painting. According to a biography provided by the Downey Art League, it was "about this time she developed a strong, loose, yet richly-toned realist style, tailored to suit her love of the California sunlight. Her desire to paint an expanding range of subject matter, primarily in oil, watercolor and pastel, increased." In the fall of 2003, Liu began taking classes in life drawing and watercolor painting at Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach. She also independently studied various artists via videos, books and demonstrations, and took part in a two-week summer art program in Florence, Italy, sponsored by California State University. Upon returning, one of Liu's painting was selected to hang in the chancellor's office in a rotating exhibition within 23 CSU campuses. Her paintings also hang in private collections across the nation. Liu's presentation Sunday begins at 2 p.m. in the plaza at Progress Park and the public is invited. There is no charge to attend. Progress Park is at 15530 Downey Ave., south of Somerset Boulevard.
********** Published: January 13, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 39