How I soft launch a dream and leave my corporate finance world?

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(Painting by Seoul based artist, Alice Yang.

Last year, I left my decent paying job in corporate finance as a result of some health scares. After years of “killing” myself for someone else’s dream and after seeing my dad leaving the world without fulfilling his, I decided to pursue my own dream and passion. It is not easy. It may be easier to keep doing my job and have a comfortable life. But being comfortable is dangerous when you want to learn and grow.

I jumped with two feet into pursuing my dream. I have to admit that the journey has been scary and challenging. When I face challenges and fear, I remind myself that challenges are exactly what I’m looking for.   Learning and being challenged everyday can be so fulfilling. With a good “eye” for art, a solid business background and a strong will, there will be a way.

On February 1, 2015 midnight, I will soft launch a curated online art gallery, Love It Art I’d love to hear your comments. Also, what are your dreams and what will you do about them?


Exquisit design – Florencia Lewkow


When I first saw Buenos Aires based designer/illustrator Florencia Lewkow’s design on textiles, I was intrigued.  Her design has the “wow” factor.  Florencia draws her inspiration from insects, birds and animal patterns to create design works that captivate viewers and convey intense personal emotion.  Her collectors include famous politicians in Latin America.  What kind of design gives you a wow factor?


3 gallery openings, 3 Different crowds










It’s been a wonderful week with 3 gallery opening visits.  First was Rebecca Chaperon’s opening at Initial Gallery, second Chad Patrick Murray at Robert Lynds Gallery and third, Gabryel Harrison and Rimi Yang at Winsor Gallery. Gabryel’s work is the current exhibition but all guests also got to see Rimi Yang’s work at the same time, at a different section of the gallery.

Art is as much a visual concept as an emotional connection for some.  Thus, not all gallery openings create the same feelings and excitement.  First, the space between the guests, the artworks and the installations needs to strike a balance.  Ideally, it is crowded but still allows everyone to enjoy the artworks and roam around.  Then, the diversity in the crowd also requires a sensible balance of other artists, friends and families of the artist, collectors and other art lovers.   For some, when the balance is right, an gallery opening could be stimulating, cultural and social. Sometimes meeting and talking with interesting people are just as exciting as seeing the exhibition.


One city, Two Tales – Which one speaks to you?






Two very different exhibitions – one is vibrant, colourful and abstract, by Vancouver artist Jonathan Syme and the other, reflecting, imitating and representing Microsoft’s Blue Screen of Death by Vancouver artist Michael Edward Miller.  Which work speaks to you more?  Which one will you buy as an investment?  Which one will you buy for the art’s sake?


From ArtLand to Wonderland




Stepping into Rebecca Chaperon’s studio was like entering into a wonderland.  The experience reminded me of walking in a magical maze, with each turn opening up to a new place.  Each painting took me into a new space where I could wander for sometime, feeling peaceful and excited at the same time.  Have you ever gotten so excited from looking at some paintings or visiting an artist studio?  Try it; you’ll be surprised!


2014 Interior Design Show West – Vancouver

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Fun and excitement filled the whole centre at yesterday’s IDS West opening night. Besides sourcing trends and ideas while sipping wine, we all had fun talking to various artists and designers.  With today’s technology, most of us seem to connect with our phones more so than with the people right in front of us.  Last night, most people seemed to enjoy striking up a conversation even with a stranger – amazing.  When was the last time you feel comfortable starting a conversation with a stranger?


Visual Art Created by Dean Fogal

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When looking at these visually stunning pieces, can you see the visual context of each piece?  Dean has a theatre background and his artwork reflects the space for storytelling, both visually and conceptually.  You can get more information about Dean and his artworks at


An Amazing Vancouver Street Artist, Ken Foster

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Ken Foster did not fit the image of an artist I’m familiar with when I saw him at the Art Battle Vancouver yesterday.  However, Ken’s intensity and focus on this “Back Alley” piece quickly changed my curiosity.  The transformation of his painting was astonishing – with layers of details reflecting the contrast between the darkness and the light. At one point, I couldn’t stop admiring the painting from a distance so I got closer to look.  Unexpectedly, Ken asked my thought on the painting and I replied “AMAZING”.

Despite Ken’s challenges in life with mental illness and drug addiction, his passion for painting has never seemed to dim.  He studied at Emily Carr and worked on films and TV sets before.  If you happen to be in Gastown, you may be lucky to see him doing some paintings on the street.


Do you choose a hotel for its Art Collection?

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A year ago, my husband and I visited Portland, Oregon.  We wanted to stay in a hotel for two nights before driving to the coast.  I chose Hotel Modera, mainly for its cool interiors and art collection (over 500 pieces of local art).  Although I didn’t get to see all the pieces in other hotel rooms, I found the piece I’d like to own – the abstract piece on a large white wall in the hotel lobby.  This painting by artist William Park has the ideal scale and composition that I admire.  The painting is not for sale but I’d certainly like to attend a painting workshop at the artist’s gallery next time we visit Portland.