Why I start my career as an artist...?
Art has been a dream buried in my heart since childhood.
My parents divorced when I was 10 years old. I grow up in Shanghai and was raised by my mom in a single-parent family. Painting and drawing was always a very healing way for me to express and to communicate since kindergarten. In China, in my generation, at that time, young people were not encouraged to be an artist if you can do well in academics. So I had no choice to select what I love. I just study hard to achieve a higher score at school to meet the demands and expectations from family.
At the age of 22, I graduated as a Shanghai outstanding graduate and at age 24, I graduated from my first master's degree in management. I still could not find a real myself. I was not happy and unsatisfied with my life. What I exactly can confirm about is my dream is always blooming and growing up in my heart, I never lose it.
After one year of full-time work in a museum, I quit my stable job and pursue my art journey in the USA, starting from nothing but full of faith and passion. It was not an easy decision, which is full of uncertainty and risks. I prayed and prayed, waiting in God’s timing. And I do believe if it is God’s will, God will make a way for me.
So, all the miracles and amazing things just happening ever since then….
Whenever I looked back, all my courage and strength was given by God,
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
In 2016, I carried two luggage, knowing nobody in the USA, what I have is my faith and trust in God, and see how God will lead me to…..I officially started my second master's degree being an art student, every single day, it was very challenging but so grateful. Only because I have God, I could be peaceful again and again.
Every step, God has a plan for me. I met my husband, who came to the USA for studying his Ph.D. in Biochemistry with a scholarship. We married and we now have a very cute baby boy.
What became more challenging is my husband also changed his career direction to be a full-time musician and music teacher. From a scientist to a musician, it sounds really interesting and cool. I do understand my husband experienced similar to what I experienced. And at the same time, I was continuing my degree studying in the art school, raising our baby.
Nothing but we have God, makes us never lose hope.
In 2019 May, I graduated from a second master’s degree in Fine Art, holding my baby, and with my husband.
I know God is always with us. And look forward to serving in art education for children.