Tianjin, my hometown, has a quite dry weather for the entire year. This spring, it rained once and after the rain, the moisture was high and the people immediately felt the easiness of breath. I felt it, too, as well as noticing the joy on the people's face, hearing the children laughing, the people talking, the birds' sounds, etc. All this joyfulness inspired me to create this piece. I wish this joyful feeling can be spread to more people.

- Ying Guo

Bliss After The Rain

Watercolor, soft pastel, graphite on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on front and back

22" h x 15" w 
1 lbs. 0 oz.



Ying Guo
Tianjin, China

Getting to Know Ying

Ying Guo began painting as a child, attending painting classes at the cultural center in her hometown in China. Since then, she says her painting brushes have not left her. Trained in traditional Chinese ink painting, her work clearly imitates the strong calligraphic lines and brushstrokes of her heritage. However, she has contemporized this tradition with a modern abstract expressionist approach. The pieces are bold and emotive, and inspired by the nature she experiences around her. Ying lives in St. John’s Harbor in Newfoundland, Canada, an island off the east coast of North America. The scenic views of the ocean and hills along the harbor provoke vivid colors in her art. She does not sketch or plan the pieces before she begins, which allows her to experiment with the process and come to an unexpected result. Although the paintings can feel unrestrained and full of movement, there is a controlled quality as well. The circular nature of the compositions, combined with an exquisite balance, make the work feel fully formed but not a single brushstroke overworked.