Life­style of an Artist

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"I like to go for a walk in the woods," says Jade Boyd, "or sit on a rock by the water, look­ing at the move­ment of water and the sun­set. Imag­i­na­tion can hap­pen when you least ex­pect it. Wher­ever I go I get in­spi­ra­tion and, in the end, I lead the life­style of an artist – ob­serv­ing the world around me and recre­at­ing the beauty. Each of us has a unique way to ex­press our­selves. As a painter, I see the beauty of the world with my eyes, and it be­comes a spir­i­tual con­duit lead­ing me to the beauty of na­ture." Jade grew up in the large city of Taipei, in the small coun­try of Tai­wan, sur­rounded by Chi­nese in­flu­ences. This af­forded her a unique way of view­ing not only the world, but her cul­ture. The thing about Tai­wan is that many Chi­nese, in­clud­ing Jade’s fa­ther, came there from dif­fer­ent parts of main­land China af­ter World War II. It was like a "New China" with peo­ple speak­ing dif­fer­ent Chi­nese di­alects blended with Tai­wanese cul­ture – which is the back­ground of Jade’s mother. "My par­ents are tai­lors, and owned a small fab­ric shop in a mar­ket place where I grew up," Jade recalls. "I was sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful tex­tile de­sign with colours and pat­terns. All of this helped me to ap­pre­ci­ate cul­tures more, wher­ever I go, and to also deal with the chal­lenges of cre­at­ing art." The de­ci­sion to pur­sue the visual arts came down to the in­flu­ence of two peo­ple. Jade’s high school teacher, Ming-fu Kau, en­cour­aged her to

left, Red, acrylic on panel, 36" x 24" above, The Lovers, acrylic on panel, 36" x 36"

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