"This is another one of the paintings themed "Beautiful Cities around the World" that I've been working on. The Twin Pagoda is one of the major landmarks of Kaoshiung city in southern Taiwan that worth celebrating with traditional dragon and tiger of ancient Chinese sacred creatures.
Process taken: (1) finding images with best angles and lighting, (2) sketch on 8"x11" paper (3) enlarge proportionally on to canvas, (4) painting with acrylics, (5) final touch up and sign."
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ACRLYIC ON CANVAS
40" x 30"
"Art provides me the best communication protocol to reach others. Through lines and colors, I found an immeasurable visual expression tool without any other constraints.”
Philip Ma has shown his artistic talents since his childhood. Early on, he discovered that he could better express his thoughts and emotions through art rather than verbal communication. He is extremely sensitive to lines, colors, and perspectives of the environment, able to translate what he observes and how he feels in visual art forms with profound depths and details.
Philip’s artwork is inspired by his multicultural background. Philip describes, “Both my parents are immigrants from Taiwan for over 30 years, and the community I live in is very multi-cultural oriented. I'm very lucky to have this exposure and can embrace the beauty and diversity of different cultures as an artist.” He feels how art is global and timeless, and he aims to reflect that in his own way. He painted a series titled “Beautiful Cities Around the World” to celebrate the unique cultural accents and natural attractions of each place. He finds most satisfaction and tranquility in articulating these cultural stories with his paintbrushes and canvas.
Philip is apart of AbilityPath, an organization that provides support services to individuals with special needs and developmental disabilities in the greater Bay Area. Philip has overcome many obstacles while expanding his art appreciation through private and formal art education. His dedication to the arts arts has earned him recognition from local schools and community. In return, devotes his time to the local library, homeless shelter, and community earth day events. This connection pushes him to create artwork every day with joy and fulfillment.
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