Celadon & Jade is title of this watercolor and gouache piece done in the style of Trompe l' oeil. This piece is based on the history of Chinatown in San Jose as it was in the early 1800s.
Chinatown, San Jose was located in what is now the heart of Downtown San Jose, and the story is very interesting. The Chinatown settlements unfortunately did not remain due to the settlements having been burned down. At that time in California history, there was a lot of anti-Chinese sentiment and it is speculated that the fires were due to arson, versus other causes like kitchen fires. This conclusion is supported by forensic studies done on charred artifacts and can be seen at http://marketstreet.stanford.edu