Lucid watercolors conjure an exquisite scene, their realistic beauty captured by expert brushwork. Illustrating Buddhist doctrine, Seksan Sing-on portrays lotus flowers in different stages of development. Some are buds, some full-blown and others only seeds. Buddha taught that all living creatures exist within the cycle of life ? birth, age, death ? but a wholesome existence guided by proper understanding, contemplation, and concentration releases one. The lotus is Buddha's preferred offering. "In this series on the lotus, I am focusing on the real things like shape and lighting that reveal its real beauty and meaning," the artist says.