Originally from Singapore, I started my working life in medical research but made a mid career switch into graphic design. I made several international moves in the course of my adult life and these have defined my personal and artistic life. In more recent years I had the opportunity to focus on the fine arts which has been a lifelong pursuit.
My main interests are Urban Sketching (done on location) and documentary drawing (done on location and from photos). In both I capture an impression of a time and place, often with text added to fill in the narrative.
Working mostly with pen, ink and watercolour or with markers, I have a particular interest in capturing everyday life. An interest in history has also strongly influenced my choice of projects.
Occasionally I develop my sketches into a watercolour painting.
I was involved for 10 years with the Artists on The Wards programme at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada. I maintain an interest in Arts in Healthcare and drawing on my hospital experience (especially working with the senior population), I have been a tutor in a course I've called Keeping a Sketchbook for Casey U3A, Melbourne, Australia. (U3A is an organisation which offers classes for retirees).
CFA, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. 2014.
Singapore Internationale Grant from Singapore International Foundation (for the exhibition East meets West). 2005.
Finalist in Telecom Art Awards (Manawatu Region, New Zealand) 1996,1998,1999.
"A Year in Casey County" - a juried exhibition, part of 2018 Casey Art Spaces Program.
Bunjil Place Library, Melbourne, Australia. 2018.
Solo graduating show for CFA, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada 2014.
After Hours Gallery, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada 2012.
"A Walk on the Wild Side"
Misericordia Hospital Gallery, Edmonton, Canada 2011.
"Colour Light and Texture"
After Hours Gallery, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada 2010.
"Times and Seasons" - a juried exhibition.
Mezzanine Gallery, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, Canada 2006.
"The Perfect Companion" - a juried
Gallery at Milner, Stanley A. Milner Branch, Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, Canada 2006.
"East Meets West" - a juried exhibition, Visual Arts Alberta Association.
VAAA Gallery (front room), Edmonton, Canada, 2005. Supported by a grant from the Singapore International Foundation. (This is an expanded version of a previous exhibition "The Attic of the Unconscious").
"The Attic of the Unconscious" - Series 1 & 2
Palmerston North City Library (part of "East Meets West – Art and Words Exploring the East West Experience", a Palmerston North Festival of Cultures event), Palmerston North, New Zealand 2001.
"The Attic of the Unconscious" - Series 1
Singapore High Commission, Wellington, New Zealand 2000
Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand 2000.
Selected Group Exhibitions
"How's the Serenity, Backyard and Beyond", a juried show, Bunjil Place Library, Melbourne, Australia, 2018.
"We Draw ASEAN Together" a juried show of Urban Sketchers.
Gallery at Glocal Connect Village, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, 2017.
"Sketching The Line 2015", a juried show. Shown on screens on commuter platforms. Toronto and Edmonton, Canada, 2015.
"After Work" - a juried show of artists working/studying in the health sector in Edmonton.
McMullen Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, 2009.
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Banner Project - juried selection by The Places, Art & Design in Public Places Program.
Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Canada 2008.
"Diversity 2008" - a juried membership show, Visual Arts Alberta Association.
VAAA Gallery, Edmonton, Canada 2008
"Twenty:20, Members Exhibition"
Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, 2008
"Manufactured Transformation: a group show of sculptural forms"
Extension Centre Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, 2007
"18th Annual Members Show"
Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, 2006
"Diversity" - a juried membership show, Visual Arts Alberta Association.
VAAA Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, 2004
Thermostat Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand 2001.