“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Born in Malaysia in a small town Seremban in the state of Negri Sembilan into a large family, Connie started drawing when she was around 3. She was instantly fascinated with the female face, form and fashion, and that was all she drew until her teens. She dreamed how wonderful it would to be an artist and fashion designer.
Connie moved to Wellington, New Zealand to continue her education, but she didn’t get to follow her art dream. Disillusioned, she stopped drawing. After completing her degree in Operations Research, she went into the corporate world; the next two decades comprised of long hours, high stress and the typical corporate lifestyle. She eventually started wondering frequently if this was as good as it gets. It got as bad as it could and she had to finally walk away from it all.
For over 30 years, Connie subconsciously took up creative activities in place of the lost dream – travel photography, western calligraphy, teddy bear making, sewing and other crafty arts. Her sponsorship and events management job did give her outlets to be creative, but it wasn’t enough. She tried to learn to paint a few times but felt blocked and frustrated.
Connie had wanted to learn chinese brush painting since the 90s. New Zealand wasn’t a place for it and probably still isn’t. After years of googling, she finally found a four day workshop in 2014. Within half an hour of picking up a brush, Connie actually felt something opened up deep inside and the long pent-up creative chi flowed out to her hand …to the brush… onto the paper. It was a moment she will never forget.
Connie’s cherished memory to date is that her dear mum got to see her paintings before she passed away in June 2015. She likes to believe that her mum continues to enjoy her work from where she is now.
“Art is much less important than Life,
But what a poor Life without it.”