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Winter palace in Lhasa city, Tibet

A series of watercolor illustrations of Potala Palace

Living in Lhasa, you will always see Potala from multiple angles. It is always there situated on a hill. The first time when I visited the palace was in high school. I went up with a couple of foreigners, and they have already visited Potala three times. Sometimes, there are places in your city that tourists often get to go and see, but locals pass by and want to check out but never get to go. However, many Tibetans enjoy walking around Potala Palace in the morning and grabbing some sweet milk tea near the palace afterward.

Summer Palace in Lhasa City, Tibet

A Series of watercolor illustrations of Norbulingka

In Tibetan, "Norbu" means precious, and "lingka" often refers to a picnic spot. It is a delightful destination to visit during the summer, and going there for a picnic with your family is truly worthwhile. Norbulingka holds a special place in my childhood memories. As I grew older, I didn't have the opportunity to visit the summer palace as frequently. I recall the occasional family trips we took to Norbulingka when I was a child. The well-maintained grass, trees, and gardens created a picturesque setting, but the most thrilling aspect for me was the presence of wild deer in the "lingka." 

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A series of watercolor illustrations of villages in Tibet

The traditional houses found in the villages hold a special charm, steeped in history. They offer a glimpse into Tibet's bygone era, conjuring images of people from ancient times residing in these settlements. As times change and progress unfolds, development reshapes these places, transforming small towns into bustling cities. It is this very transformation that drives my desire to capture and preserve the moments of the past, the stories that encapsulate the unique lives of the Tibetan people.

A series of watercolor illustrations of downtown Lhasa

When it comes to change, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Lhasa is among the fastest-changing cities in the world. Every time I return to Lhasa, I am astounded by the transformations. It's as if I'm in a different city altogether, and at times, it becomes hard to recognize the place I once knew so well. However, amidst the rapid development, there are still pockets that remain unchanged. It is in those alleys and areas that I find solace, as they transport me back to the Lhasa of my yesteryears. I yearn to share with others the memories, images, and architectural marvels that defined Lhasa during my generation.

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A series of digital illustrations of native animals in Tibet

As I was scrolling through social media, I saw a couple of pictures of wild animals in Tibet, and it just came to my mind that why not paint them? I try to depict each wildlife's uniqueness and combine them with Traditional Tibetan floral designs to give an aesthetic look. Through painting these creatures, I also learned a lot about the native species in Tibet. It was a fun experience for me.

A series of watercolour illustrations of Tibetan Hats

Wearing a hat is a big thing in our culture, mainly due to the strong sunlight and the cold weather in winter. There is numerous style of hats in Tibet. In recent years, I have seen many Tibetan women on the street wearing this particular design of hats. Looking at them from behind, it creates it's own unique scenery. A few photographers tried to captured the image, and I also wanted to paint them with my hand.

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A series of watercolour illustrations of Losar Tashi Delek

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