San Cheang traces her roots to the Hong Kong of her childhood. Her earliest and most lasting images of art come from the work of family members who were artists in the traditional Chinese style of brush painting. Her first training was also in this style. Years later, when she was introduced to Western watercolors, she felt that she had found a medium in which she could truly express herself.
Since leaving Hong Kong at the age of 17, San has traveled extensively: in Asia, Europe, North Africa, and South America. She has resided in Canada, the Eastern and Western United States, finally settling in Texas. As a result, her art is comprised of subjects ranging from the Chinese landscape to the Italian countryside, from the Maine coast to the American Southwest. She interprets these images from a perspective unique to one with such a rich cultural background. One of San’s favorite subjects is the landscape. She enjoys capturing nature’s grandeur, reflecting the vastness of nature in contrast to the smallness of man.
In recent years, San has been challenged with multiple vision ailments. After a total of 10 eye surgeries, she has lost much useful vision. Determined not to succumb to her predicament, she has continued to paint, using pouring and spritzing methods instead of detailed brush strokes. In this way, she has created yet another technique unique and personal to her only.
Although San holds a Master’s of Health Science degree, she has abandoned a career in public health to pursue art full time. She has conducted classes for both adults and children, and her work has been selected for numerous juried art exhibits. She has also been featured in a segment of “The Art of Living Gallery” on Veria TV on the topic of the healing qualities of art.