The Galveston Art League’s featured artist for June is Kimvak Jen. Her artwork, along with dozens of pieces by other Galveston Art League members, will be exhibited 12 noon-6pm Thursdays-Sundays May 30th to June 23rd at the Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St. in Galveston.
Jen, a Rosharon resident, had an import-export business before retirement allowed her to indulge her love for painting. She likes to instill feelings into her paintings, making them spring with life. “Good paintings have life and soul,” she says. Jen describes herself as “a positive and happy person, aggressive and full of hope for everything, which I demonstrate through my paintings. They are sometimes brilliant with colors and sometimes are black and white, darkness, and light.”
As an 8-year old, Jen had dreamed of becoming an artist. She was awed by the beauty of nature – the colors of flowers, the majesty of trees, and the miracle of God’s work – when she studied the veins of leaves, the components of flowers, and the gnarled trunks of trees. Jen studied the art of Chinese brush painting with Master Liu Shi, a famous art master in Taiwan.
Her works have been exhibited at various locations, including the Galveston Art League Gallery; visit GalvestonArtLeague.com to learn more about this nonprofit organization and how to join.
Galveston Art League Features Paintings on Silk
Susan Douglass Moody is the Galveston Art League’s featured artist for July. Moody’s brilliantly hued paintings on silk exhibit a soft-focus, impressionist effect. You’ll see her favorite subjects – flowers, trees, seascapes, and landscapes June 27th-July 28th.
Moody was inspired by her great-grandmother as she watched her paint. She studied fine arts at Metro State College and the Art Institute of Denver. Her works are displayed at several galleries and in private homes in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Maryland.
Although knowledgeable in many media, Moody now focuses on applying paints and dyes to silk. She is excited by the unknown and uncontrollable effects without resist, which allows the paints or dyes to move through and across the fabric. “It is as if they have a mind of their own,” Moody says. Her goal is to convey joy and peace with her work.
Moody is teaching a course in painting on silk at College of the Mainland at the Lifelong Learning Center, Delany Campus. She is a member of the National Society of Artists, Silk Painters International, and the nonprofit, all-volunteer Galveston Art League (GalvestonArtLeague.com).