Bibel at times sets aside her mechanical drawing tools and reaches for her Chinese and Japanese sumi-e brushes to practice the controlled accident of Chinese calligraphy and sumi-e painting. Having learned the basics from Kaz Tanahashi, she moved from standard script to a semi-cursive, Zen-inspired form. The brush is unforgiving; it acutely reflects the state of mind of the artist.  Achieving that transcendentally responsive, poetic aesthetic image is the usually elusive goal.  These examples only begin to approach that ideal.

For acrylic paintings influenced by sumi-e, see Miscellaneous/East Asian Style.

Debra Jan Bibel

An Exploration, An Evolution

Brush & Ink Series



Chops (seals) used in calligraphy and sumi-e paintings


Painted  Version


Painted  Version

Unity: Not One, Not Two

Painted Version

Forest Dharma

Painted  Version

Season Cycle

Painted Version 

Land Construction

Painted Version






Ambiguity (2012)


[Leaves in the wind? A school of fish? Or....?]



Form & Flow: Study 3





Emperor: Who stands before me?
Bodhidharma: Don't know.


For paintings influenced by sumi-e, see Miscellaneous/East Asian Style.

City SynthesisSquare/RectangleStripes
Circle & LineDotsSwirl & Curve

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