Art by I-Mei

Beautiful Imperfect World

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About Me

My Background

I am a Taiwanese-American artist who emigrated from Taiwan in the 60's. I grew up in Walnut Creek, was a violinist concertmaster at Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra, and attended Berkeley for my Bachelor's where I served as concertmaster of the university symphony. I earned a Master's from Johns Hopkins and worked in health administration before earning my medical degree at UC Davis. I currently practice family medicine with Sutter Health, dance hula, and paint in Northern California and Hawaii, where my husband is a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

My Medium and Inspiration

My chosen art medium is oils in order to better capture the brilliancy of colors in natural light. I use a palette knife because there is a textural vibrancy to knifework that is another level of abstraction from life to canvas. Travel, music, family and serenity inspire me as an artist. I am on a quest to paint serenity and beauty around me. The unifying element of my oil paintings is one of Impressionism in the lineage of Monet as taught by my teacher, Susan Sarback of Sacramento, a contemporary colorist and impressionist, combined with an Asian sensibility and consciousness of negative space.

My Gallery Show

See my artwork in Oakland from April 9 to May 17 in the EBMUD Administration Building's Gallery. The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. An artist reception for this showing is April 16 from Noon to 1:30 pm in the gallery. The EBMUD Gallery location is:

2nd Floor Lobby

375 11th Street

Oakland, California

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Art by I-Mei