My friend Paula Jull, an art professor at Idaho State University, took this photograph when she visited Longmen years ago. I transferred her image onto a canvas board, then added a bamboo branch from The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting. The flowers are colored from one of my black-and-white photos.
By adding the flowers and the bamboo branch in the front, I communicate my intention to transform history through our current actions. Although we can’t change the past, we can learn from it and create a brighter “history” for tomorrow.
The lakes gallery at Chi-Lin in New Hampshire is showing this artwork along with my 5 other pieces now.