Three Girls From Yili

Three Girls From Yili. 18x18" Oil on Canvas. $410

Three Girls From Yili. 18×18″ Oil on Canvas. $410

During our first year living in the remote northwest region of China, we took a trip to an even more remote part of that region, Yili.  We immediately fell in love with it.  The faces of the people we met are what I remember most.  These three gals were on the Yili Bridge at sunset our first evening there.  They are a representation of the mix of ethnicities in that area, Kazakh, Uyghur, Hui and Chinese.  Just lovely.

I was much looser with this piece and purposely forced myself not to get too focused on one area.  If I focus too much on one area, I lose sight of the composition as a whole.  With this piece, I highlighted the different ethnicities and their features, but tied them each together with color – oranges, pinks and purples.

Themes of difference and distance, and love and acceptance run through this piece.


Meena Matocha is a contemporary representational artist living and working near her hometown of Austin, TX.

Posted in Acceptance, China, Inside My World, Paintings

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