Yong hong Zhong


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MEDIUM: Oil Paint | Acrylic Paint | Watercolor Art | Mixed Media Art | Graphite Art
SPECIALTY: ✔ Technical

Painting is my addiction. It is something that I am naturally drawn to and as essential and simple as breathing to me.

There are two fundamental elements which I strive for with each and every one of my paintings. The first is a solid foundation in draftsmanship, color and composition. The second is being able to express and communicate my feelings with each piece.

My urge to capture an emotion starts with a “spark”. It may be as simple as a tree against a blue sky or a rock lying on the ground, but there is certainly something there that ignites and captures my attention. I am fascinated by color and light and the way light describes forms.

I can see my painting in my mind’s eye before laying down the first stroke. When I lay down my last stroke, I know that I have accomplished to capture that mood which I had initially visualized.

Being able to convey my emotions through my paintings gives me a sense of creative freedom and fulfillment. It allows me to share with others what touches me, what inspires me and what moves me.

watercolour painting of a valley
painting of a countryside by Yong Hong Zhong
watercolour painting of trees on a beach
drawing of a flowing river
painting of a barn interior
painting of a river through a forest


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Specialty: ✔ Technical



Colour and Composition


Technique Demos


Providing art critiques


Teaching how to self critique


Supplies and Tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend



Studio Time Management


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painting of trees in spring

Yong Hong Zhong was born in Canton, China and immigrated to the United States when he was twelve years old. Yong developed a keen interest in drawing at an early age. His determination to pursue his dream of being an artist prompted him to attend La Guardia High School, a prestigious school for music and arts in New York City. Yong continued his education at Pratt Institute in New York to further develop his artistic skills. He majored in Illustration and has a minor in Art History.

Yong started working for the Disney Animation Studios upon graduation. During his fourteen years employment at Disney, Yong had worked on over a dozen theatrical feature films. After completion of Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog”, Yong was ready to take a different direction and focus on his passion for traditional painting. The knowledge and experiences he acquired from the animation industry continue to be an invaluable influence in his art.

Yong has been a fulltime fine art painter since 2009. He participates in plein air painting competitions and teaches painting workshops around the country. Yong has won many awards, published in art magazines and his works are in the permanent collection of the Maryhill Museum.