Salut! I am a self-taught artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. I started my painting late in life in 2014, as I seem to be doing with other things on my bucket list. After 20 years of yearning to learn chinese painting, I am finally doing it. It was an amazing feeling… that moment when I felt a release of my creative energy, and my art flowed from my inner soul to the brush onto paper. It is a moment I will always remember.

If you have any questions or comments about my art, or just want to say hi, you can email me at

Connie Lam at her little art corner
My little art corner.


My first love is chinese brush painting. I also enjoy very much bold colour-filled watercolours and acrylics. Oil painting? I’m hesitant to try it – it sounds quite complicated and I visualise oil painters jabbing at their canvas to let out all their angst! Even with different mediums, I prefer painting from the chinese painting perspective. I like playing with different materials to see the outcome of chinese painting on watercolour paper, wood, fabric, glass, etc..


Chinese Painting: Lotus Grace in Sadness
Lotus: Grace in Sadness


I paint on either sized or unsized xuan paper, depending on the style of painting – GongBi (detailed meticulous) or XieYi (freehand). When I paint, I find inner peace of mind and soul. It can also be indicative of the mood/state of mind. I did this piece “Lotus: Grace in Sadness” just after my mother passed away in June 2015.

Watercolour - Golden Magnolias
Golden Magnolias


When I use this medium, my art tends to explode with colours. I enjoy very much the splash ‘n blow method, or rather it’s pour, splash, blow, blend. I’m still working up my lung power so I can blow the paint to make it move! I seem to always end up using my fingers, as I did with this piece. 

Acrylic: Goldfish Delights in Red Blossoms
Goldfish Delights in Red Blossoms


Painting with acrylics on canvas is a completely different experience from painting on xuan or watercolour paper. It is more forgiving than xuan paper, or rather painting on xuan is completely unforgiving – a stroke of brush is permanent; you cannot undo or correct mistakes. I did find painting on canvas seems to consume more of my energy. I do enjoy painting acrylics on wood base as it flows smoother. I also end up using my fingers here and this is where disposable gloves come in handy!



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