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About William Lum

William Lum My search to find my biological family was the genesis of my journey into the world of art. When I finally found my birth family, at the age of 40, I was plunged into a new and very different family. On one occasion while talking with the father I had never known, I discovered that my great uncle was the renowned watercolorist Dong Kingman. Fatefully discovering a cheap watercolor paint set, and intrigued by my relationship with Kingman, I wondered if I had inherited any of his talent.

This lingering question spurred me into trying to paint. My first challenge was deciding what subjects I would paint. As a fan of Van Gogh, and knowing that he painted images from his day to day life: houses, fields, people working, I decided to do the same.

Thus my neighborhood street corner in Sunnyvale, California became the subject of my first painting attempt in December 1993, which I titled Suburbia #1. Much to my surprise, my friends and family were impressed with my work and their positive reaction encouraged me to continue to paint. I painted images of what I encountered in my life. Things I enjoyed looking at, represented my region, or that I experienced became my painting subjects. I strove to keep my subjects broad because life is a vast array of subjects just waiting to be painted.

In 1994 I joined the Sunnyvale Art Club and the Santa Clara County Watercolor Society. I enjoyed seeing other painting styles and the positive energy of the other artists was contagious. This energy, and the continued interest in my art from the public, encouraged me to become a participating artist in the Santa Clara County Open Studio tour for a number of years to follow.

I eventually did get a chance to meet and spend time with my great uncle, Dong Kingman before he passed away in 2000. I had a chance to I asked him, “How does one become a good artist, should I take classes?â€