The Chinese characters for mei meaning “beauty” and for yi meaning “ease” represent my name. To me, these characters convey the essence of the art I love: the joyful expression of sublime beauty with the natural ease of a dancing brush.
Graceful yet bold, deliberate yet free, brush painting bridges the duality of my own nature—the bold austerity of the architect with the sensuous grace of motherhood. Through all three—art, architecture, and motherhood—I have learned the virtue of quiet, devoted practice with a spontaneous spirit and a clear mind as the way to mastery.
Mayee Futterman specializes in Chinese Brush Painting. It is the foundation of all oriental brush arts and has strongly influenced Western painting. The dynamic, unpredictable, and sensorial interaction of brush, ink, water, and rice paper through the artist’s hand is indeed a transformative and enlightening experience.
Mayee’s art and teaching are strongly founded on classical Chinese brush painting skills, techniques, philosophy, and subject matter. Her versatility and creativity are evident in her ability to produce art ranging from traditional to contemporary, draw influences from her multi-cultural experience, and bring a rigor and aesthetic sensibility from her architecture and urban design background.
A large selection of her work is in the collection of California Hospital Medical Center and permanently exhibited at the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health. Mayee’s award winning work is also in various private collections throughout the US and around the world including Canada, Middle East, Singapore, and Philippines. She was recently featured on CNN Philippines’ morning show “New Day”.
For over two decades, she has studied and apprenticed under professor and master brush artist, Dr. Ning Yeh including at UCLA, Coastline College, and Cerritos College. She serves as teaching assistant and has co-authored five of Dr. Yeh’s instructional art books including “108 Flowers: Brush Painting Lessons Volumes 1-4” and “Landscape Lessons”. She has a Master of Architecture II from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines.
Mayee has travelled to China numerous times to study and paint. She lives in Encino, California with her husband, Marc, and their son, Jake.