Lifestyle of an Artist
"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"