Lena Y. Liu Biography Continued:
... landscapes, and breathtaking floral and musical still lifes are among her collectors' favorites.
Lena had her first painting lessons as a child in Taiwan under the guidance of renowned painters Professors Sun Chia-Chin and Huang Chun-Pi. She came to the United States in 1972 to study architecture at the State University of Buffalo, and later did graduate work at the School of Architecture at U.C.L.A. However, her true passion for painting never left her, and in 1977 she began to paint full-time.
Today, avid collectors of her work enjoy it across various media, including limited-edition prints, porcelain collector's plates, ornaments, figurines, music boxes, sculptures, cards, tapestries, bookmarks and calendars. Lena has achieved recognition at national shows and exhibits. She was honored by the Collector's Information Bureau (CIB) as Best Plate Artist of the Year and as Collector's Choice Artist of the Year. She was also honored by National Association of Limited Edition Dealers (NALED) as Artist of the Year. She was named the Canadian Artist of the Year at the Canadian Collectible of the Year Awards. She was also an inaugural inductee into the prestigious Bradford Exchange Plate Artist Hall of Fame.
Lena and her husband Bill live in Maryland, in the home she designed to accommodate their joint love of art, music, and nature. As often as she has the chance, Lena spends time in her garden where she attains inspiration for many of her paintings. She also loves to watch the birds that live around her home and studio. Although Lena appreciates the loveliness of all birds, she admits to liking chickadees the most, "maybe because they remind me of small children, with their round little bodies and cute expressions."
As her collectors know, Lena Liu loves flowers and as you might have guessed, gardening is one of Lena Liu's favorite pastimes. She does have a vegetable garden, but she especially loves flower gardens and has several of them in the backyard of her home in Potomac, Maryland. Among her favorite flowers to grow are bearded irises, roses and peonies.
Lena enjoys spending time in her flower gardens and she frequently gets inspiration for her paintings from her backyard gardens. In fact, she can often be found kneeling among the flowers with a sketch pad in hand. She sketches the natural beauty of the uncut flowers at their many different stages of bloom.
A Note from Lena
"I strive to create a sense of romance, poetry and music in my painting. Emotion, love and nature will never change, and I try to capture that in my art. I let what touches my heart pass through my fingers. I hope you and I can keep sharing this love of nature's beauty, and continue to delight in the splendor of the world that surrounds us."