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Painting takes your mind off your daily routine as you need full concentration when you are painting. It is a way of relaxing your mind and finding inner peace.
Holly Woo, 49, Singapore
Tell us a little about your family and cultural background
Typical Singaporean family where both my parents and grandparents used to reside in Pulau Ubin. My school holidays were typically spent on the island. Hence, a great affinity to nature, landscape and wild animals.
What do you do for work and what do you enjoy about your job?
What motivated you to learn art and when did your journey begin?
Painting takes your mind off your daily routine as you need full concentration when you are painting. It is a way of relaxing your mind and finding inner peace. More than 15 years ago, I joined my colleague to learn from Chankerk when he first started his art studio on the second floor of an old shophouse in Chinatown (if I got my dates right). I stopped due to work and family commitments after a year’s learning and just picked up oil painting in March 2021.
What did you find the most challenging when you first started your art journey?
The most challenging when I first started is trying to focus on the painting without thinking about work and other commitments while painting. As time passes, you will slowly immerse oneself into the painting and finding precious “me’ time while focusing on your artwork, I would say, finding inner peace.
What is your biggest challenge today?
How has learning art changed you as a person, benefit your daily life , work or the way you look at life?
As I train myself to become more aware and sensitive to the relationship between interactive and opposing elements in a painting e.g. contrast, lightings, tones, colours, variety and harmony, it has slowly sharpened my sensitivity towards people’s feelings and developed better communication skills with friends and family. As painting requires patience and endurance, I have become a much calmer and focused person.
How would you define your personal style as an artist?
I don’t think I have developed a personal style yet as I am still learning. Somehow, I seem to unconsciously built in calmness and peacefulness in my painting. Such that it is a painting that sits quietly at the corner which does not draw too much attention but when you start to examine the painting, you can see subtle variety.
How does My Art Space help nurture your personal style?
My Art Space is unlike many other art studios which usually provide step by step lesson plans for students to follow. It is a place to allow your creativity and personal style to develop over time with the help of experienced teachers who are most eager to discuss and challenge your thought processes to develop deep thinking skills as required in an artist.
Tell us about one of your favourite artists and why you love their work.
My favourite artist is my teacher Chankerk at My Art Space. There is alot of energy and variety in his paintings given by the broad strokes he used in his paintings yet there is a silent harmony that binds the whole painting together.
In your opinion, what is the role art plays in making the world a better place?
What advice would you give other artists to help them in their learning journey?
Anything else you would like to share?
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