Tian Yulin was born in Jilin though grew up in Beijing. He first received training from Chen Banding, then from Wang Xuetao. Later he was also instructed by Qi Baishi, Li Kuchan and Dong Shouping (all famous Chinese painters), where he learned their painting skills and also the way to observe and experience life. Following the pulse of the time, he implanted the elements of Western painting to the bird and flower painting, boldly exaggerating the images and colors, purposely enhancing the volume of the figures and colors. According to the artist, Tian Jiao and Xiang Rui Tu mark a turning point in his career. Unlike other traditional Chinese paintings of flowers and birds, which were stylized to be delicate, fine and usually small, Xiang Rui Tu is full of power and grandeur. Here Tian combines flowers with mountains, with water serving as background, to create an imposing scene. Appreciating his paintings is like standing in the spring breeze where all you can see is a flourishing world.