Her work is especially fitting for us in Southern California and the San Gabriel Valley where nature, teeming in the Angeles National Forest, clashes and mixes with our urban environment.
Using a blend of dynamic colors, Dr. Huang’s work conveys a sense of vibrancy between people and their unusual environment, including animals and nature. Her images illustrate the complexities of life that envelop humans, plants, and animals.
She has created five themes for 2016:
- The Desire of Angels
- The Rhythm of Flight
- The Spirit of Life
- Eternal Beauty
- Happiness in the Mirror
Her fine arts make me reflect on the reality that those of us living in the San Gabriel Valley, a short drive away from downtown Los Angeles, have access to one of the most unique urban-natural environments on the globe.
After I moved to Pasadena in the late ‘80s, I ran with a friend up the Henniger Flats trail above Eaton Canyon and was shocked to find myself in a forest with a ranger station surrounded by a dense collection of evergreens. Yet, the LA Basin stretched below me from Pasadena to the ocean like a carpet created with dense neighborhoods, sprawling freeways, and high-rise office buildings.
People and nature in our world often clash rather than mix. Coyotes in search of food and preying on small pets regularly wander along my street near the Altadena Golf Course.
Bears enjoy wandering from the San Gabriel Mountains in to the backyards of families living along the foothills to splash in swimming pools. News helicopters often catch the footage until animal control officers can arrive on the scene to tranquilize the bears and move them back into the forest.
But it’s not the conflict that Dr. Huang captures. She bases her work on the cycle of life, the beauty over time created by people, plants, and animals in harmony. As noted online on The Gallery Montecito she believes that respecting life “is a basic prerequisite for human civilization development.”
She is an associate professor at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and will be returning for an exhibit in October.
She received a letter of gratitude from Congresswoman Judy Chu and her work was viewed by many including LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, Arcadia City Councilman Sho Tay, and Duarte Mayor Samuel King.