I spent last fall studying at Capital Normal University in Beijing. While I was there I had the opportunity to take a class in traditional Chinese painting. We were taught the Gongbi style, a style traditionally used in the emperor's court. It is highly ornate and controlled.
I used some of the skills we learned in class to do my own explorations in a looser, more expressive style, more similar to both traditional Literati style painting, but also more aligned with my own personal aesthetic. I used the traditional ink, brushes, and paints to create imagery representing my experience of China thus far. I wanted to represent both the industrialization of modern China, as well as the tranquil landscape I saw when I traveled outside the city.