|Taki Tu enjoys painting plein air
landscapes, still life and figures. His plein air landscapes find their
subjects not only throughout the East Bay of Northern California, but
also in areas farther afield such as Half Moon Bay, northern Monterey
County, Pacifica, Napa, Sonoma and Green Valley. He has shown his work
throughout the Bay Areas and a number of his works are in private collections.
He was born in 1928 in the picturesque coastal town of Taiwan. The town was a favorite place for landscape artists. His father had many artist friends who were frequent houseguests on their painting journey. He remembers, in his early age, tagging along with artist painting on site and was fascinated by the way paints were squeezed out of tube, the artist mixing colors on palette and watched as painting process unfolded on canvas. He would sit in "critique sessions" held between the artist and his father.
While he pursued his professional career in medicine he maintained his life-long interest in painting. He purchased his first sketch box for oil painting with his first salary in his life. He moved to the United States in 1953 to further his training in medicine. He had unique opportunities to participate in research and development of artificial kidney in its early stages in the late 1950 to early 1960s. He has published his research works and clinical observations in 35 medical articles. When he retired he was a Senior Physician, Permanente Medical Group, Oakland and an Associate Clinical Professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
He received his basic training in painting at the University of California, Berkeley, and extended his study of oil painting with Pam Glover, and Charles Reid for watercolors over a decade. He paints on relatively small canvases up to 20x24 inches, and uses deep rich colors of nature that remind him of his childhood home in Taiwan. He paints oil paintings in impasto, and watercolors wet-on-wet. He completes his work in one sitting on site. He also enjoys quick sketches(0-15 minutes) of watercolor on pen and quick (10 15 minutes).