The lively watercolors of Cheng Fen Yeh, a local artist and Radford University graduate (M.S., M.F.A. '09), are currently featured in two nationally distributed arts publications.
Watercolor Artist magazine featured Yeh as one of its "10 Artists You Should Know." The magazine spotlighted two of her portraits: "Drew" and "Studying Brown."
"The Artistic Touch 5," a collection of works published by Chris Unwin of the National Watercolor Society, features Yeh's portrait "Drew."
"Although I also paint landscapes and still lifes, I always wanted to learn how to paint people's faces," Yeh said in her interview with Watercolor Artist. "I usually select my portrait subject by looking for an interesting facial structure."
Yeh's focus for her graduate degrees at Radford focused on drawing and watercolor painting. Trained in both traditional Chinese ink painting and Western-style painting, Yeh favors watercolor as her primary painting medium and blends Chinese and Western art traditions in her work.
As a Radford student, Yeh said, she had the opportunity to study under award-winning artist Z.L. Feng, who encouraged her exploration of portraiture.
In an interview with Watercolor Artist, Feng, a professor of art at RU, said, "I continually see her work progress and change in a unique way, and I feel that she will continue to grow in her watercolor portraiture abilities by challenging herself."
Yeh is active in the art community of Southwest Virginia. She lives and works in Radford and is a member artist at The Market Gallery of Roanoke.