That day when I was working on the paintings as usual, some fragments of recent experience started coming to mind. These experiences were mainly tough ones and I needed to figure them out as soon as possible. So being frustrated and eager to relieve my mind, I told myself that all these frustrations would go away, and time was the only thing that was going to carry me through. I felt much better after finishing the painting and I named it exactly as I felt about it. 

- Ying Guo

You Can't Go Under It; You Can't Go Over It; You Have To Go Through It

Watercolor, soft pastel, graphite, acrylic 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.