I've always loved art. As a kid in school, I always was the one with a drawing underneath the book we supposed to be studying.
I started painting full time in 2012, mostly painting landscapes and cityscapes. As a trained designer and architect, these came easy to me. But the paintings felt impersonal. I wanted to address my own personal and family history. I realized that figurative paintings much more powerfully engage people about social issues.
My paintings address the social issues of our times: isolation, poverty, and immigration and discrimination. My most recent paintings focus on the experiences of Asian Americans.
My initial motivation was simple, I wanted to show Asian faces in paintings. Inspired by contemporary black painters, I wanted to depict Asian Americans who went through discrimination, worked hard in tough occupations, and suffered indignities, all for the sake of their children.