about drift & dune

drift & dune is Jen Rao,

a Chinese-Canadian artist from Vancouver living in Beijing.

Rao's work features traditional mediums, specifically watercolour, used in contemporary ways. She uses distinct palettes and the contrast of sharp lines and soft washes to evoke dream-like interpretations of her subject matter. Rao is inspired by her surroundings, both in the bustling metropolis around her and the nature to which she escapes.

Rao also uses digital tools to produce work that appears visually traditional. She captures the texture and imperfection of traditional methods in attempts to maintain warmth in her digital work. 

For more up-to-date images of Rao's recent work please head over to Instagram @driftanddune @nuggetrecordsbeijing