Annie Wong (right) took brush to paper to ease her grief when her husband, Jackson Wong, died of liver cancer four years ago. 'It was a way to calm me down and painting really helped me recover,' Annie says. Now she has her own exhibition, which opened at the T. T. Tsui Building at Hong Kong University on Tuesday. Entitled Elegant Beauties, the collection of 40 paintings is a labour of love. Annie started sketching about 20 years ago. 'I remember every Sunday I would go out with my husband in our yacht but as I didn't like the sun I would just stay in the cabin and sketch,' says Annie. Her style is a combination of Chinese and Western techniques - a result of studying Chinese painting and calligraphy under masters such as Ng Powan, Bao Shaoyao and Zhao Shaoang. 'The reason I did this exhibition was to show my children and other artists that if a 60-year-old woman can do something with her life, there shouldn't be any reason why anyone can't,' says Annie. 'There are no short cuts to anything I do. Every painting I did was carefully researched and painstakingly detailed.' Annie's father, the late Dr Leung Kau-kui, was a patron of the arts. The exhibition will run until April 22, moving to Dalian and then Beijing.