THE LONG & WINDING ROAD
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso
Picasso’s words resonate very much with me. Born in Malaysia in a small town called Seremban, Negri Sembilan into a large creative family, I started drawing as a toddler. I was fascinated with the female form, face and fashion. That was mainly what I drew till my late teens. My dream was to be an artist and fashion designer when I grew up.
I moved to New Zealand to study, hoping this would be my opportunity to follow my dreams. THAT didn’t happen. Malaysians didn’t get to do arty studies lah – it was either accounting, computer studies or highly-paid professions. For two decades, I was a white collar worker consumed by long hours and stress, occasionally wondering if this was as good as it gets. It got as bad as it could, and I walked away from my corporate lifestyle.