About the Book
A collection of watercolour impressions of women were portrayed in a variety of dress and pursuits. Women featured in leisurely walks, bathing, reclining near water and pools, relaxing on terraces and absorbed in their various interests. There were women wearing Vietnamese ao dai, sarongs, Summer dresses, and a Japanese kimono that was rather short. Pearl diving, belly dancing and even dragon slaying were some of their activities. Many of the idyllic surroundings were inspired by scenery from Asia, Europe and Australia, embellished with generous amounts of artistic fantasy.
Ronald Wu was born in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia, and migrated to Australia as a child. While studying Architecture at the Queensland University of Technology, he was offered a cadetship with the Queensland Department of Public Works in Brisbane. During his government career from 1987 to 2012, he was responsible for diverse projects from master plans to memorials, and engaged in his passion for architectural and landscape design illustration. He was elevated to Principal Architect and also performed the role of Acting Managing Architect on substantial occasions for the Department's in-house design consultancy. Aside from his government work, Ronald undertook private commissions for artist impressions, was recognised as a heritage illustrator and has showcased his work in several successful exhibitions. From his home studio in Brisbane, he has always enjoyed drawing and painting an extensive variety of subjects.