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.

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