About The Artist





Groups:  American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting; San Diego Chinese Brush Painting Society; San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and Chinese BrushPainting@Yahoo



Books: The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, M.D.

The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Writers: James Michener, Tim Russert, Michael Sullivan and John Cheever

Quotes: “Live a balanced life - Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” - Robert Fulghum

“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, few will catch your heart; pursue those.”               - Ben Crenshaw

Food: Fresh Lobster

Travel Destinations:

Suzhou, China

Exhibit Programs


My journey into the art of Chinese Brush Painting began in the spring of 2006 on what then seemed like a sudden fancy. I enrolled in my first Chinese brush painting class and was challenged by the immediacy of just brush, ink stick, ink stone and rice paper. It was love at first stroke. Since then I have found there is no end to my learning as I know where I can improve the third rose petal on the left side of my flower painting. My friend and fellow artist Sibylla, from Shanghai said, “Wo yao xuede hai hen duo!” meaning, “We still have a lot to learn!”

Brush painting has opened a magical gateway for me to express my visual voice, spirit, and essence of my character. Working vigorously on my painting takes me deep into the core of myself and the experiences of my life. My main source of inspiration is derived from the Chinese cultural emphasis on nature. I find myself living in the art of Chinese Brush Painting and I know most definitely over the past six years that I have entered into a more enlightened and profound phase in my personal and artistic development.

Painting is the perfect dance of yin and yang in a rhythm and spirit; simply the spirit is my passion. It’s often through my painting that I find my way to embrace a balance and harmony in my life. My early teachings focused on the fundamental approach of the (Xieyi) style. This free and spontaneous style focuses on expressing one’s innermost emotion characterized by simple and bold strokes. I love the way the brush dances, the way the ink sings and vibrant colors flow on to soft rice paper.

Today, I specialize in the traditional (Gong Bi ) style of Chinese Brush Painting. I have pursued and received instruction from several award-winning artists, but I consider Mother Nature to be my greatest teacher. My favorite painting subjects are flowers, birds and bamboo. I seek to calmly, patiently and meticulously capture the delicacy and precision of their details. With a practiced skilled hand, my emphasis is on excellent control and the proper use of very small brush strokes. I enjoy doing fine detail work and in combination with my writing and poetry has allowed me to paint stories with a broader brush. I was humbled when told that my paintings embody a lyrical beauty.


About the Artist


Painting abstract Irises with George Lin at Lung Hsiang workshop

Howard and his Asian Red Ribbon Bird painting at the Lung Hsiang Art Show

Painting Roses in fine-line style with Diana Wong at a Ja Yu Kuan workshop

Award Winning Summer Roses, by Howard Meyer

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