I’m a Vietnamese American born and raised in Houston, Texas. When I paint, I go to my happy place, therefore, the things I end up painting are simply things that make me happy.
I’ve always enjoyed painting and drawing as a hobby since childhood. It turned into a necessity when I became an adult as a way to improve my mental health. Typically, art on the topic of anxiety and depression bears a dark tone, but I take a lighter approach with uplifting colors, inspirational lettering, and character called Dream Bird.
Dream Bird is a character I created that depicts the life I aspire to live. Its constant state of dreaming is symbolized by having closed eyes and being in grayscale amidst colorful backgrounds. Often, Dream Bird is paired with quotes called “Dream Bird Mantras”, which are things I tell myself to practice mindfulness.