In May 1995, Tzu-chi Yeh returned to Taiwan from New York to prepare the Solo Exhibition in memory of his mother, he lived in Qilian for a little while, and that was the second year since his mother was gone. Qilian - the tiny forest located on the edge of Taipei Basin - was a great comfort to him that he developed a special attachment to the place. Yeh said the painting was inspired by the view he saw in Qilian in early summer of 2000, five years after he first stayed in the place, he returned to Taiwan again and traveled past Qilian. In the picture, the blue sky, white cloud and green mountain in the background stretch to the forest in the foreground. Lights and lines pierce through the acacia tree on the hill, a sparkling early summer radiance shines on the smalls trees nearby.
Tzu-chi Yeh's landscape paintings always carry a vibrant magic of vitality and natural beauty, through which, we see the artist's perseverance in art and faith, as well as his profound love and sentiment of the land he grew up.
Dr. Kin Tsuei Chang
(Ph.D. in Art Education, New York University)