Wishing trees and prayer trees are more common in Asia than they are in the west. Painting them is a calming exercise for me, a way of combining making art with a bit of Buddhist meditation. The trees I paint exist in a surreal world, where the prayers on the trees come from people who don�t or can�t visit prayer trees.
Technical stuff: The original painting was 7 by 7 inches (sold) and was done in watercolours on canvas paper.
Janet Chui is a freelance fantasy artist and illustrator living in Singapore. Editor and illustrator of the mysterious A Field Guide to Surreal Botany, she was a 2009 finalist for the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist. She paints with watercolours and in digital media, and has been drawing fairies, unicorns and dragons since childhood. She specializes in fantastical subjects, children's illustration, and live portraits.
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