An exponent of Oriental brushwork artistry, Jamaliah Morais has been captivating art lovers everywhere with her lively watercolors for twenty years. A Malaysian, she cut her teeth as an artist in the Philippines where she studied traditional brushwork at the Chinese Artists’ Guild. Since arriving in the U.S. in 1985, Jamaliah has branched out in new directions, dabbling with the more modern freestyle and Ling Nam techniques, poured ink-and-color techniques, and portraiture. As an artist member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, she is searching for ways to blend East and West in her watercolors.
Jamaliah’s paintings and screens are characterized by her keen sense of adventure, imagination and color. Her majestic mountain landscapes, glorious flowers and pines, and beautiful birds, peacocks and horses reveal both her wide range and skills as a painter and her ability to capture the essence and spirit of her subjects by weaving a tapestry of exquisite lines, colors and shades. She has held six solo exhibitions and participated in numerous joint exhibitions in the U.S., Canada and the Philippines, winning several awards for her works.
A past national President of the Sumi-e Society of America, Jamaliah has taught in the art enrichment programs at McLean schools and at art festivals organized by Wolf Trap and the Fairfax County Arts Council. She also teaches classes in Oriental brushwork, and has held several workshops and demonstrations at Washington clubs and societies.