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Q & A

Q: You’re an artist but I can see you’re also interested in some psychological, mental and spiritual aspect of life as well.

A: Like you see in “the artist” page, I have always been into deep thinking and looking into things outside the box and the norm since I was a kid. I have those fake marble cover note books full of notes about the things I read or heard along with my own thoughts. Phrases, quotes, notes, ideas, questions, etc. Some notes are about painting ideas or techniques, but it’s a mixture of everything I do including simple house hold chores. I tried to separate note books for art and all the other things but it just didn’t work. For example, one day when I was cleaning out my house and throwing out things I didn’t need any more, an idea just popped in my head: Oh boy, I’ve been cleaning for three hours! I totally forgot about the time as I was so immersed in the task at hand. This is exactly what happens when I’m painting. I paused for a second and thought that a stupid chore can become more than just something I drag myself to do. Whenever I forget myself in whatever I’m doing, then it becomes part of my art project. I just created a new way to approach a chore and it’s more helpful thinking this way.

Q: Then what about kids completely lost in the video game for hours everyday? Are they in the spiritual moment too?

A: I think it’s the difference between being consumed by and being in the zone. Things like video games are designed to suck you into a void and it’s more like numbness rather than pure openness that leads you to the spiritual level. There is no room for imagination. It’s about intensely reacting to what’s on the screen none stop. It’s a device of distraction from the real issues and deep internal dialogues. A hiding and running away device.

Q: I remember long time ago you’re painting mainly wild animals and so concerned about them being pushed to extinction and treated poorly.

A: As my painting evolved more toward abstraction, those animals vanished, but it still breaks my heart thinking how wildlife is pressured more and more. Becoming an activist for animal rights and protection is one way to fight it, but for me as an artist with the spiritual twist I can use my art for that. My goal is to get involved in inspiring and educating people with what we normally don’t get to learn in schools or in general regarding creating your own life with meaning and passion. If more people become aware of their own potential and start taking small actions, eventually the world will be a better place filled with excited and conscientious people, and as a result nature and animals get more respect. Each person has his or her unique talent to contribute to the society and ultimately the universe. Our job is to find what it really is for you and once you find it go for it 100 %.

Q: You’re a cat fan, but what do you think about pets being controlled by people? I mean, even though pets are loved in the family, they’re at mercy of us and they have no freedom to choose their own food, for instance. Some pets are unfortunate and they get abandoned.

A: I personally don’t like the idea of domesticating animals to begin with. I think it’s selfish of us to use animals for our convenience, pleasure, or whatever. But it’s too late. It stated thousands of years ago. I originally have no intention to adopt cats, but when I bumped into Oolie, my fist cat, she looked at me and said “Hey, I knew you were here. I’ve been waiting for you. Let’s go home. “ She really said that to me with her first look at me. So I decided it’s my destiny to go home with strays whenever THEY pick me. I don’t go out of my way to look for them because then I would end up with hundreds of them easily. Until I become rich and famous that won’t happen. If I get rich and famous I would buy a huge piece of land and take all the strays I come across.

Q: You finally zeroed in on your purpose of your art after many years of searching.  Tell me more about it.

A: I always loved to paint and draw since I was a kid and I would have ended up simply loving painting and drawing on the side and nothing more. But by digging deeper I found my true purpose of my art: I want it to be USEFUL to others. Painting used to be just for my own enjoyment and I was doing it for the rewarding experiences I get from it, but now I want to get it out in the open, share it and use it to help people INSPIRED and excited about their own lives with their unique purposes. It’s not just for me any more. I have a job to do which gives me even more power!