Photography & Painting
Wei Chen uses an unusual technique to convey a very sensitive and personal feeling of nostalgia in her work. The artist uses light as paint and the camera as her brush to create surrealistic in-camera images, in contrast to the traditional use of photography for realistic representation. For Wei, photography is a way to connect with the past and the future and record a state of mind. Many of Wei’s works are inspired by the beach in Edmonds. She has spent countless evenings on the beach waiting for the right moment—when the elements of ocean and sky afterglow all come together.
Growing up in China, Wei moved to the United States 15 years ago, and currently resides in Seattle, Washington. She holds a MS in Computer Science from the University of Arizona. Although working as a professional Software Architect, Wei Chen’s passion for art has helped her to become internationally known for her painterly photography.
In addition to her photographic work, Wei explores the medium of oil painting with abstract and seascape paintings.
“I like to use shadow, shape, and color to convey the moods and the emotions that I experience during inspired moments. When the sky and ocean merge into one, much otherwise unnoticed beauty can be seen in the shifting light. In my work, I strive to capture and celebrate that ephemeral beauty. I want to bring a feeling of peace to the viewer and help to rediscover the serene and innocent moments that are often lost in the modern, chaotic, and materialistic world.”