I was born in Bangkok, Thailand. When I was 12 years old, I immigrated with my parents to suburban Chicago. Adjusting to the culture was difficult but somehow I finished high school and went on to college. Eventually I realized that being an accountant was not for me. Soon after this revelation, my wife and I moved to NYC, where I earned a MFA in painting. Now, I am a primary caretaker of our two daughters.
For me, painting is like being in a personal relationship with someone, and that someone is myself.
About my work
As an artist, I am constantly searching for something more about myself. Paint is the medium I have chosen to express this quest, using basic visual elements: color, value, shapes, and texture.
The subject matter comes from my surroundings: my wife’s coffee maker, my daughters, her friends, or a picnic bench at the park. When a subject sparks my interest, I sketch it. One of these quick drawings later becomes a reference for my paintings. I prefer using my sketches as a reference because they provide minimal but essential information; therefore, I am forced to imagine, take chances, make mistakes, and hopefully create something unexpected and beautiful.
These paintings are records of my searches and discoveries. It is my hope that you will view them deeply and imagine your own narratives.