“I am a visual artist currently living in Scottsdale, Arizona. I was 35 years old when I immigrated to the United States. I studied art since childhood and received my BA and MFA degrees in art at Chungnam National University, Taejeon, Korea. Since leaving Korea in 1997, I have lived and traveled in a variety of places including Hawaii, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Turkey, Oman, Thailand, the Philippines, Holland, and Ecuador. This varied life has been a source of inspiration for my choice of subjects and an influence on my creative style. I have been teaching art and showing my work in galleries for more than 20 years. Unlike other jobs, I feel that art is an occupation that can be maintained only by individuals who love it with all of their being. In my viewpoint, expressing the love of art means doing art the same way that children play with their favorite toys: spontaneously, naturally, effortlessly, joyfully, and with boundless energy. When children play, they are engaging fully in the moment with unselfconscious action. For me, producing art is a similar event of uncontained passion and expression. Art should be done from a sense of longing and a desire to engage the world, not out of a sense of duty or pressure to produce.
The studio should be a fun place for an artist, a playground, not a jobsite where one is forced to work. Even though creative production demands an exhaustion of the spirit as well as periods of difficult physical labor, in the same way that children never tire of playing, an artist never loses the essential longing toward art. My artwork is greatly influenced by my experience with travel. As an expatriate from my own home country, I am fortunate to have visited and lived in a variety of places around the world. I find that travel leaves me open as an artist, and every step into a new place offers me potential resources for paintings. I always try to capture my ideas and inspirations with photography, journaling, sketches or small watercolors – whatever it takes to preserve the moment so that I can consider the subjects and events at leisure later.”