Initially academically trained in the traditions of Western Art, after a trip to China in 1986, I began doing East Asian painting in the literati style (painting by scholar-artists), then after retiring from my profession as a painting restorer I began to develop my printmaking skills.
My current work is a fusion of these interests. My artworks are painted or printed onto oriental papers and signed in the East Asian manner with red vermilion paste, using an antique carved seal with my artist’s name Majingju.
As for many, the natural world is for me a source of joy, inspiration and restoration.
I have found that my study of Eastern art complements and balances what I have learned from our Western culture. In our globalized 21st century, ancient Eastern heritage has become part of a single world culture that we in the West can all draw upon to enrich our lives.
A book about my work is now available on Amazon for £9.99: West Meets East in East Asian Brush Paintings by Ann Massing, Cam Rivers Publishing 2023. The text is in English and French.