I became an artist later in life although I recall, as a child, I drew and painted compulsively.
Coming from a working class Chinese family in Malaysia, when I started going to school, I set aside my painting. I won a scholarship to read architecture in university and later moved to London in search of what I thought then to be interesting public-funded architectural work, but deep down I was subconsciously moving closer to where the art scene was thriving in the then after-glow of the YBAs.
However, I started to drift further from making art when the financial crisis hit and I went to business school after being made redundant to find a new way to support myself.
The turning point came when I met a family friend at my grandfather’s funeral who told me he channeled his energy into oil painting after retirement and later established himself as an artist in his 70s. The encounter inspired me deeply, gave me a sense of urgency and the push I needed to leave my job in London to start a new life in Barcelona and make art again after all these years.