As a Canadian Chinese, I have lived in many places all around the world including HK, Canada, US and UK. I also have a diverse educational background including a PhD in Operations Management currently in progress from University of Warwick (UK) as well as 2 Masters degrees in Finance and Law, and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Anthropology.
When I first graduated from my two Master's degrees, I instinctively decided to launch my career in business strategy and finance due to the relevant strengths of my education background. Both are practical fields that are highly applicable to any industry and there, I was able to gain experience in conducting influential strategic planning for world-known corporations with products that have a great impact on people's everyday lives.
Although I enjoyed those experiences immensely, I yearned for a longtime career that would not typecast my talents into a limited category, allow me to think outside-of-the-box, and enable better utilization of my creativity and longtime passions in the arts and education. As a result, I decided to explore this side of my personality and steered myself to a new direction by further pursuing a PhD degree while simultaneously taking a leap into developing myself as an artist in order to hone my creative talents in multiple spectrums.
The constant acquisition of diverse expertise is essential in order to enhance creativity and imagination, therefore my studies and artistic developments serve as an effective means of opening the door to a whole new world of opportunities whether it is in art, education or the commercial world (or all at the same time). I also draw on these unique skill sets and personal life experiences as the main inspiration behind my artwork.
What does art and design means to you?
Art and design are like windows into another dimension, offering a glimpse into the world that I dream about and see in my head. To me, they are a means of expressing emotions and thoughts that are captured in a singular moment only to then be immortalized and re-interpreted through various mediums. Each painting that I create has a story waiting to be expressed and the objects and colors portrayed all have a life of their own. The actual act of painting is also a very therapeutic and liberating process for me. I enjoy feeling the canvas and the movement of the paint brush strokes, by which the resulting artwork becomes a visible testimony to the inspirational journey undertaken.
How would you define your personal style?
My signature painting style utilizes vibrant colors and abstract hard-edge imagery in order to express optimistic life philosophies and stories.
What is the process of your work? What kind of materials do you use?
Due to the originality and intricacy of my designs, I always sketch out my ideas before beginning the painting process. My paintings are developed on large canvases in order to magnify the impact of the bright colors in my design, and I also layer each color at least 5-6 times with acrylic paint in order to achieve its solid-color effect. Acrylic paint is my preferred medium since it dries faster, and this layering stage does take up the most time. As a result, each of my paintings can take up to a month to complete.
How do you get your inspiration?
As my paintings focus on expressing positive energy in life, I get my inspiration from my day-to-day life routines and experiences as well as from traveling. Sometimes I go for a walk or just sit outside to clear my mind in order to gather new sensory stimulations as I take in everything in my surroundings including colors, light, smells, geography, culture, symbols, shapes, temperature, sounds and so forth.
What are your most critical challenges in your work?
The biggest challenge for any artist is to be able to consistently create original and appealing artwork that expresses a meaningful story combined with an identifiable and personal style, that special 'something' that enables someone to recognize my artwork regardless of the painting subject. Though I do not have a traditional fine arts background, this has actually provided me with more room to experiment, allowing me to develop my own recognizable style relatively soon into my art career. With each new artwork that I create, it is a challenge but also an incredibly valuable process as I constantly stretch myself against the boundaries of my creativity while remaining true to my core signature style.
列出幾項你要達到的目標。 What are some of your goals?
The biggest challenge for any artist is to be able to consistently create original and appealing artwork that expresses a meaningful story combined with an identifiable and personal style, that special 'something' that enables someone to recognize my artwork regardless of the painting subject.
你的夢想是？ What s your dream?
I hope that my artwork style will become recognizable on a global scale so that when people talk about happiness, they will automatically visualize my paintings. Since my creativity and diverse knowledge have changed my life in so many ways, I genuinely look forward to inspiring more people around the world by continuing to spread the message of happiness and positive energy through my artwork, education, charity and public contributions to society.
在你的人生及創作路上的座右銘？ What is your motto in your work and life?
"There is no spoon, then you will see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself". Deeply inspired by this quote from "The Matrix", I even created several paintings based on this motto in order to emphasize how important it is to utilize a flexible approach towards life. Essentially, the shaping of our external realities is purely dependent on the fact that it only exists within our mindset – once we come to the realization that the "bent spoon" is just what we make of it, then the possibilities are endless. So always have faith in yourself, strive for your passions and dreams, think big and never give up because if you believe you can, then you are already half way there!