Growing up, Yu-Heng Dade enjoyed sketching with pencils and looking at graphic art, and creating her own artwork had always been at the back of her mind. A Chinese native, she moved from Taiwan to the Tri-Cities area more than 20 years ago. As time went by, her artistic dream was forgotten until 3 years ago when she entered her artwork into a local gallery and won one of the cash prizes. She was surprised that she had the ability to create an image in her head just by using simple geometric shape and color. The results were incredibly fulfilling and beyond her wildest dreams.
When she saw Ansel Adam’s photography and Dale Chihuly’s glass work, it was eye opening for her to see how different art forms can translate into simple but also very complex color, light and shape. It was not until a few years ago that computer screens became her canvas. In her own words, “Allowing my mind to create an original piece is extremely rewarding and a totally mind freeing experience. To explore any imaginary objects or color in some way is my escape from reality.” Her artwork starts as either a simple square or a round shape and she fills up the shape with a variety of color. This shape she then stretches and twists. In addition, she also enjoys taking photos and has just started learning to paint with acrylics.
Although abstract forms are her main style, you may find some realistic objects like oceans, mountains, birds, trees and faces in her work. One of her favorite quotes from Ansel Adams is “Quality is important, simple things become alive.” This has inspired her throughout her creative process.
Yu-Heng's original graphic art is printed on aluminum panels using a sublimation process. All of her work is ready to hang on the wall and doesn't require framing.