In the Moment

watercolor portrait, figure painting
“Together” (watercolor, 60 x 48 in.) by Stephen Zhang

“I believe what makes us human is our inner qualities,” says Stephen Zhang. “Without spirit and emotion, a portrait is merely a depiction of an object. My observation is that human emotions are endlessly rich, and seldom one-dimensional. Paintings should be able to convey these complex emotions and inspire empathy. I prefer to paint people while they are in the moment and absorbed in their actions.”


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