Born in the Republic of Panama of Chinese parents, MaiYap has been able to magically blend East and West on canvas. Within the walls of her parent’s home, she was immersed in the beauty, balance and perfection of millennial traditions passed on from one generation to another. Once outside these walls, her senses were overcome by the amazing colors, sounds and energy of the Tropics. Panama provided a bustling backdrop of exciting people, places, and music. Most importantly, its natural surroundings provided the perfect artistic inspiration. Most importantly, its natural surroundings provided the perfect artistic inspiration to imagine and create her magnificent flowers and unique landscapes. It also gave her the courage to voice her concerns and fears about our planet’s welfare through her powerful environmental abstracts.