Huabei Jiang Portfolios

I began painting when I was about 7-year-old. In the first few months, I did it just by myself, but soon I started to learn from two adult art teachers, for over a year in total. My works are mostly inspired by my hometown (Sichuan, China) or other places in China that have landscapes similar to my hometown. I attempt to express them in harmonic colors to reflect my impression of the landscapes using ink/color pencil, pastel or watercolor. I am a tenured professor of biomedical engineering with a distinguished science career who has made pioneering contributions to several novel optical imaging technologies including diffuse optical tomography and photoacoustic tomography and is still a leader in these fields. In my life, I do both practices (science and painting) and inform each other. In fact, I have personal experience where my ability/skill in art helped me make breakthroughs in scientific research by sensing the beauty contained in mathematical equations I derived. In art, I often use a scientific mind to paint in an entirely new way in simplified or rich color. People often wonder about how I find the time to juggle both my art and my science. The "trick" is to learn how to do things efficiently. I often teach my students that there are always best approaches out there for each unique individual - you will just need to have such a mentality and keep practicing until you can do things efficiently or super efficiently. May my art works bring you joy and peace!

sections

Artist Statement


I began painting when I was about 7-year-old. In the first few months, I did it just by myself, but soon I started to learn from two adult art teachers, for over a year in total. My works are mostly inspired by my hometown (Sichuan, China) or other places in China that have landscapes similar to my hometown. I attempt to express them in harmonic colors to reflect my impression of the landscapes using ink/color pencil, pastel or watercolor. I am a tenured professor of biomedical engineering with a distinguished science career who has made pioneering contributions to several novel optical imaging technologies including diffuse optical tomography and photoacoustic tomography and is still a leader in these fields. In my life, I do both practices (science and painting) and inform each other. In fact, I have personal experience where my ability/skill in art helped me make breakthroughs in scientific research by sensing the beauty contained in mathematical equations I derived. In art, I often use a scientific mind to paint in an entirely new way in simplified or rich color. People often wonder about how I find the time to juggle both my art and my science. The "trick" is to learn how to do things efficiently. I often teach my students that there are always best approaches out there for each unique individual - you will just need to have such a mentality and keep practicing until you can do things efficiently or super efficiently. May my art works bring you joy and peace!

sections