Yan Zheng retired from PRC Diplomatic Services (China) in 2010. She studied traditional Chinese brush painting in Beijing following her retirement. She emigrated to the United States in 2012 and married artist Richard Zunkel. She continued her art studies at the Ichen Art Institute in Fremont, CA and attended the Tony Couch watercolor workshop in Cambria, CA. She participates in a weekly art watercolor roundtable craft session with other Chinese artists. She and her husband paint plein air sketching and watercolor as often as weather permits. In addition to her painting skills, Salinda makes hand painted note cards, knitted caps, small and large handbags, and colorful shawls.