In 2016, I visited South China’s iconic karst landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Karst mountains are formed as acidic waters dissolve the limestone bedrock, creating spiky mountains, underground rivers, tunnels, and caves. As a landscape painter, I was impatient to witness these strange formations often depicted in Chinese painting. Drifting down the Li River surrounded by eccentric spires, I was hypnotized by the surreal quality of these mountains. As the sun burns away the morning fog, the karst peaks emerge, creating a moody landscape layered in space and time.
I also visited the Zoigê marshlands, located on the eastern Tibetan plateau of China. These are the highest altitude grasslands in the world. The Red Army’s Long March (1934-1935) passed through Zoigê marsh with only 10% of the army surviving. This location is staggering in its beauty and historical significance.