Shan-Sui painting

About Us

Bertrand Mao and Lin-Lin Mao are father and daughter artists. Our website,, promotes our art work and services. Please contact us if you are interested in our work:

  • Original art work for sale
  • Commissioned art work
  • Website design and implementation
  • Desktop publishing
  • Lectures and demonstrations on Chinese Calligraphy and Shan-Sui Painting
  • Group and private lessons on Chinese Calligraphy and Shan-Sui Painting


Original Art Work

Bertrand Mao is a highly respected contemporary Chinese artist who paints Chinese Calligraphy and Shan-Sui Paintings.  “Shan-Sui” literally translates as “Mountain-Water” and is also known as Chinese landscape painting.  Bertrand Mao works in the traditional Chinese art medium of brush and ink on rice paper. Through juried competitions, Bertrand Mao's art work has been selected for both solo and group exhibitions in the US and abroad. His art work is permanently on display in several public sites in the DC area. In 2002, Mr. Mao was commissioned to paint a 210-foot long interpretive mural of the Great Wall of China. This piece is displayed annually in the atrium of Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg, MD during their annual 2 week celebration of the Asian Lunar New Year.

Lin-Lin Mao is both a portrait artist and a digital artist. She creates portrait drawings by drawing the subject from life or from photographs.  She favors drawing with charcoal, color pencils, or pastels. Lin-Lin Mao's digital painting, "Alfalfa", was selected through a juried competition to be exhibited at the SIGGRAPH Art Show in 1985 in San Francisco, CA.

Website Design

Lin-Lin Mao is a freelance website designer who both designs and creates websites. Website design allows her to combine her interests and background in both visual arts and information technology.  She received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brandeis University and a master’s degree in Media Arts and Technology from the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where her thesis project, "Computer Art and Creative Tool Making", discusses and demonstrates how computers can be creatively used to "paint" images which are unique to the computer medium. After graduating from MIT, Lin-Lin Mao worked as a software engineer for 10 years developing the graphical user interface for various software products. 7 of those years she worked for International Business Machines (IBM).

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