Artist-in-Residence at the King George V School, Hong Kong
From February 20-28, 2017, I was invited to the King George V School (KGV) in Hong Kong to make a 48"x60" oil painting of a banyan tree in the school's courtyard. The banyan tree is over 40 years old but very large and majestic. In fact the school replaced an old building on which the tree was encroaching with a new Performing Arts Block designed to curve around the banyan, and giving it plenty of room, and creating a social space for students to hang out. Every day from 8am-3:30pm, I work on my painting en plein air while the students came to look at my work, hear about my process, ask questions and make their down renditions of the tree. They did research on my art and chose a painting of mine to transcribe. I also gave a talk on organizing a color palette, mixing colors and understanding different pigments. I was very honored to work with an art department of such high caliber and with such talented students!