Every one of my paintings has a story behind it, that is my experience. It has a deeper meaning, and also contains a memory... I just want to paint what touches me.
I was surprised when I first saw coal mines being dug in Tibet 6 years ago. Since then, hotels and gold diggers have appeared almost everywhere... more and more Tibetan towns have become places I no longer recognize.
Something important and beautiful is disappearing, and I miss the Tibet I first discovered when I visited 10 years ago. But it cannot come back again, and I know that all I can do now is be a witness, a memory keeper, and use my art to express the memory of that Tibet.
Tong Luo—Realist Painter
From 'Painted Dreams'