My painting style has gone through a rather interesting transformation since I relocated to Nova Scotia. The vibrant colors of Nova Scotia scenery has resulted in my usage of intense colors. The long dreary winter season enables me to take the time to deliver the subtleties of light on diverse subjects. While growing up in Taiwan, painting a loose plein air style was how I was trained and practiced. The seasoned landscapes of my home town did not encourage the use of vivid colors. I was very surprised in how the change of environment has greatly influenced my paintings.
Watercolour is a perfect medium for me, though I have ventured into other mediums as well. The subtleties of watercolor washes are ideal in depicting the ever changing colors and luminous lights of our coastlines. It enhances the translucent quality of ocean, skies, mists, rocks, and marshlands. The tranquil beauty of rural Nova Scotia suits my personality. The love of this unspoiled spacious land has reflected on my painting as well. I have painted watercolor for as long as I can remember but still find this medium full of excitement and challenges.
My local arts council (Shelburne Arts Council) has given me an art grant in support of creating this collection of paintings. I have longed to capture the subtleties of various aspects of morning light, which also include two portraits of local characters. The control of soft and hard edges and constant hold back of vibrant colors make this collection very gratifying to produce.
About The Artist
Lio Lo, an elected member of The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC), was born in Taiwan and studied at the Art College of Tainan for three years earning a Commercial Art Diploma before immigrating to Canada in 1992.
In 1998 Lio and her husband Michael moved to Shelburne where she began portraying the beauty of coastal Nova Scotia in her works. Lio takes great pleasure in capturing the beauty that surrounds her in her works. Her dedication to detail is evident as she continues to strive for perfection in her work. Always welcoming new challenges, Lio paints a variety of subjects including landscape, seascapes, wildlife, still life, streetscapes, floral, and portraits. She paints primarily in watercolor and often receives inspiration from her surroundings.
Lio also illustrates for books and gives workshops during the summer and winter months. She is also working more with oil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and learning Chinese painting along with her continued work with watercolors.