Taipei, Tawain based artist Hsiao-Ron Cheng, has a certain calmness and serenity about her personality that is reflected in her digital illustrations. Her earlier work, first featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 24, portrayed wistful, fairytale-like scenes, but more recently, Cheng has shifted her focus to realistically rendered portraits of people in soft, pastel colors. For the past year, Cheng has elaborated on her portraiture by incorporating natural elements and detail in her subject's expressions and fashion.
Hsiao Ron Cheng, Vanessa Foley, and Keith Carter present new works that share a soft, delicate color palette and plenty of floral flourishes for their three-person show, "Tread Softly." The title of the show perfectly encapsulates the way in which these works ought to be viewed. They beckon a quiet contemplation to take in their many, muted details, ethereal figures, and folkloric motifs. "Tread Softly" opens April 30 at Antler Gallery in Portland.