Understanding religion as one of the most compelling influences on moral values, inspiration, viewpoint of human beings, Choi too seek for spiritual meanings by defining the relationship between religion and nature; human and nature.
The idea of nature and religion as a whole is sacred to Choi as he endeavors to unite all existence by balancing human and nature together by subtly expressing through a snapshot composition to hint a trace of human existence taking a photograph of serene landscapes, yet without disturbing the harmony and balance of nature and spirit. Seorak-Clear and Balmy Season (Lot 1442) once again demonstrates his impeccably faithful brushstrokes describing contrary textures between wispy yellow autumn leaves against the irregular yet smooth grey rocks, to emulate the phenomenal power of Mother Nature by bringing the viewer close to sensual reality. Typically, Choi extends beyond its sublimity as scented with his affection for humanity and its vulnerability, to exalt the struggle between heavenly perfection and the human experience as a necessary backdrop in presenting the ultimate truth, but in Lyric of Autumn Waterfall and Old Pine Tree (Lot 1443), Choi transform and escalates his landscapes into unlike phenomena, where his nature appears surreal, far from its realistic depiction but rather imaginary and sanctified. Adopting on a minimalist attitude, Lyric of Autumn Waterfall is defined in two-tone of red and orange palette, though preserving his meticulous appearance the compositional arrangement is defined simple: dominating red dictating its closer perspective, faint orange tracing a mountain far from our vision. Old Pine Tree (Lot 1444) too is defined in simplicity, standing in solitary void, twisting its organic form that exudes a nuance of its divinity. In Choi's new endeavors, the ephemeral atmospheric effects and emotions of nature may remain the same as his hyperrealistic sceneries but is more symbolic in its aesthetics; hence the minimal depiction of the subject exuding layers of mysteries. Choi reminds us that as humans, we are a part of a larger realm or cosmos that we cannot possibly fully comprehend the essence of nature and the ultimate truth, but is the cultivation of interactions, experiences, and appreciation that is held important.