I was born in Fontainebleau, France, in the spring of 1974. My childhood was quite normal until my sudden move in 1987 to Taiwan with my father. Although my initial two years were difficult, being so far away from the rest of my family, my father taught me the meaning of perseverance. Moreover, I discovered a variety of cultures via the boarding school I was enrolled in, but most importantly, I was exposed to colors and shapes not seen in Europe at that time. Even though I always wanted to study art, I was strongly advised not to follow that path as it was not considered a “noble” profession and that I ought to follow studies in either business or law.
In 1998 I received my bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in International Relations. Even though it made my family proud, I secretly kept my passion alive by drawing what I was told were amoebas and framed those to make my studio apartment a bit livelier on my student income.
Interestingly, my family has its fair share of artists to which I was exposed early. I am fortunate to have grown up with artwork from my mother’s uncle, Gus Bofa, a notorious illustrator in between the world wars, and my grandfather (father’s side), who published multiple books.
As per my father’s wish, I worked and excelled for many years in the large-scale retail industry; however, something deep inside me was amiss. I knew I did a great job providing for my family, but I was not following my passion.
Upon my father’s death, I found myself searching for why I was here. Surely, my professional success was not an issue, but there was a void. Thus, I opted to leave the comfort of my daily life and try something new. For approximately 8 years, I was involved in Hollywood on multiple fronts, screenwriting, and producing. I was incredibly fortunate to have met great actors, directors, writers, and producers along the way, but that still did not satisfy my creative side.
The last two years have brought me back to a place of reflection. I have for many years been ignoring my internal light, but today I can say with certainty that I am allowing myself to be who I always thought I was…an artist.
Should you choose to join me, I welcome you.