My name is Stan, and by way of brief introduction, I’m a brush-writer, water-and-ink painter and poet focused on the monastic works of the 12th to the 15th Centuries.
I currently write and paint under the sobriquet Shede (舍得, literally, “Discard Attain), derived from the name of my studio, Shede-an (舍得庵). It alludes to a quote from a 7th Century text (“安不舍彼乎，能不得此乎”, lit. “how could one not discard that, and can one afford not to attain this”), and speaks of the inevitably of trade-offs in life.
Whilst the original was specific as to what was being discarded and what was being attained, I prefer to leave it open to let each person insert his own private meanings.