|Back Porch, 2010-11, Oil on Canvas 12 x 12|
|Ann's Maple, 2010, Oil on Canvas, 14 x 18|
|Darkening, 2011, Oil on Linen, 14 x 18|
|Elizabeth's Tree, 2007, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 20|
|Susan's Garden, 2005, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24|
Ying Li's paintings have had my eye for a long time. A member of Zeuxis, a group of accomplished still life painters, and a regular exhibitor at Gross McCleaf Gallery, I have been fortunate enough to see her work in person a number of times. Her paintings, combining thick impasto and abstract gesture, could run the risk of feeling indulgent, but they never do. In person, the color is fresh and rich, and the depth of paint -- absolutely necessary. Each piece is a real search for the right mark, and as a result, I find the final result completely engaging and staggeringly beautiful.