Darlene Kaplan

Country: USA

Artist: Darlene Kaplan 

Website: www.darlenekaplan.com

Email:  chineseart@darlenekaplan.com

Many years were spent painting realism in oils before making the change to oriental brush painting.  Studying martial arts/Tai Chi for years inspired me to try this medium, which I fell in love with right away.  The calming effect of grinding the ink before painting, the energy that is put into throwing ink on paper is just the greatest of pleasures that only this style of art allows me to feel.

Student of Henry Wo Yue-Kee for almost 30 years.  
Kaplan teaches the art but she is always a student!!!

While growing up in the country in Tennessee all my spare time was spent walking in the woods searching out bugs, plants and anything else that was alive.  Those childhood days spent with nature is brought alive every time I put a brush stroke down on paper.  All of my paintings are derived from nature resulting in a fresh, lively artwork. 

You will surround yourself with paintings that are from the very simple, elegant brush stroke of the bamboo orchid to the complicated soothing landscapes that your eyes can take a journey up into the mountains and off into the mist before returning home. 

Subtlety of a good painting lies in its being alike and yet unlike the subject where the absence of content can itself create rhythm and variety. 

I believe that an artist is a person who can see something within the mind that can be brought into reality where it can be seen, felt, touched, heard, and even sometimes smelled.

Oolong tea, green tea, white tea, black tea, and pu-erh tea will be served during your Chinese Tea Tasting, Gong Fu style in the setting of Darlene Kaplan's Oriental Brush Painting Art Gallery enjoying your tea tasting while listening to Chinese tea music.
This is a very unique event and one that you will remember for a very long time--Happiness Guaranteed--

When I was a student in Karate my first instructor was a young Chinese gentleman. He would stress the fact that the 5 disciplines in the Chinese culture were important to master. They are: art, martial arts, poetry, medicine, and music.
I found that I already had a few of the disciplines under my belt. I would like to share with you the important aspects of my life that I enjoy besides my Husband (whom I love dearly) and my birds.

3rd Degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate.
Tai Chi Instructor

Hmay Art Supply is a xuan paper manufacturer from Jing county Xuan city Anhui province - the birthplace of xuan paper. We produce top grade xuan paper (shuen paper, rice paper) and provide superior quality paper crafts and other art items for Japanese calligraphy, Chinese brush calligraphy & Chinese sumi-e painting, etc.

Let's enjoy sumi-e painting and brush calligraphy together!