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?