Reflecting on OAS through the Decades
By Evan Yeh
New Years is often a time of reflection – appreciating where you have been to properly set your sights on where you will go next. Interestingly enough, my own life journey has given me a front row seat to Oriental Art Supply’s creation and growth.
In the 1970s, as a child, I witnessed my Father daringly taking his family tradition directly to the people demonstrating at the County Fair. In the ‘80s, he made his debut on National television and my mother’s ambition created Oriental Art Supply to get supplies to an audience that was enjoying Chinese Brush Painting for the first time, instructed via television. The ‘90s saw my Father’s artwork redefine the face of an international company in television commercials and publications like the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine. His collaboration with an elite Hollywood director and production crew inspired him to self-produce a library of instructional videos as a follow up to the series that he starred in and won an Emmy for in the 1980s. Finally, the new millennium finds OAS connecting a worldwide community of Asian Brush Painting aficionados via social media and streaming my Father’s library of instructional titles on demand via OASLife.com, powered by PivotShare.
In a way, we’ve come so far, but in another way it feels like we are just getting started. With the momentum of modern society increasing, the value offering of OAS has never been stronger. We offer an opportunity to slow down and connect to something ancient that, on the one hand, seems immensely large yet, on the other hand, is also very intimate. In a world of glaring sunlight, we are the ever present moon offering balance, beauty and allure.
The Year 2018 finds the Yeh Family reunited and expanding. To you, the members of our worldwide extended family, we renew an invitation to continue discovering the beautiful word that unfolds when brush, ink, and water meets paper.
新年快樂, 恭喜發財 (Xīn nián kuài lè, Gōngxǐ fācái)
Happy New Year! Happiness and Prosperity!