Charles Jiao


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Member since Jun 22, 2021
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Train your eyes to search from ordinary everyday-life scenes for something that can be painterly expressed.

Presentation & Biography

I am a Ph.D. chemist-turned-artist. Having worked as a scientist in a national research laboratory for decades, with my kids all grown up and left home, in 2019 I decided to become a “full time” oil painter, to pursue my artist’s dream I had ever since my childhood. This year (2021) I became a member of Oil Painters of America , with one of my recent paintings accepted for OPA 2021 Salon Show. 

My earlier progress in art owes thanks to Professor Cheng-Khee Chee at University of Minnesota-Duluth, who taught me watercolor in private many years ago. Although I later switched to oil painting because it is more mistake forgiving, his teaching has long lasting effects to my oil painting techniques.

I firmly believe in what a famous Chinese painter once said: the beauty of painting lies between the like and the not-like. In his opinion, too lifelike is fawning, while totally not-like is deceiving. I am continuously exploring painting techniques in accord with this maxim, although on the other hand I also admire artists who can make hyper-realism or abstract artworks. 

In the full spectrum between the hyper-realism at one end and the abstract at the other, lies a variety of painting styles, from very tight and realistic to rather loose and not objective painting. I position myself as a realist painter with an abstract style of brushstrokes. My painting subjects are scenes from ordinary everyday-life. Among other means to enhance the beauty of the subject, abstract brushstroke is employed to add more interesting elements to the painting.


Influences

Richard Schmid

Charles Jiao

The artist at work