I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. in 1986 to pursue my art passion
and dreams in the land of opportunity. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree
in Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude, I continued my education in art by completing a Master’s degree in Arts with two
years of full scholarship. I received both degrees from Texas Woman’s University.
manifest my love of travel and study. My passion for travel has taken me to many countries, including China, India, Italy,
France, England, Scotland, Belgium, and the Netherlands, to experience classic and modern art collections with reflection
of different cultures and history.
My artwork combines trompe
l’oeil and other classical painting techniques with surreal settings of still life objects. My paintings and artwork
have been displayed in a variety of businesses and schools, including North Lake College and Texas Woman’s University
Denton and Houston campuses.
I live and work full time as an artist
in Flower Mound, Texas with my husband, Mike, my mother, Choe, and my lovely maltese pet, Snowball.
M. A., Painting, Texas Woman’s University, Denton. 2008
B. F. A., Painting, Texas Woman’s University, Denton. 2006
Graduated Summa Gum Laude.
“ Metaphorical Pears“,
North Lakes College Gallery, NLC Irving. 2009
“Still Lives," Fine Arts Building, East Gallery, TWU, Denton. 2008
"Music and Pears,” Music Building/Margo Jones Performance Hall, TWU, Denton. 2006
“A Slice of Heaven,” Fine Arts Building, East Gallery, TWU, Denton. 2006
Select Group Exhibitions:
, Norwood Flynn Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 2012
"It's a matter of taste" Papillion Institute of Art, L.A.
White Rock lake Museum, Dallas, Texas 2012
"Small Works 2011 Holiday show", Norwood Flynn Gallery 2011
Naturalists", GoodRich Dallas Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 2011
Naturalists", Plano Art Center, Plano, Texas. 2010
"2009 Holiday Show", Norwood Flynn Gallery, Dallas. 2009-2010
"The Naturalists", Haley-Henman Gallery, Dallas. 2009
“Homage to….”, Student Union Gallery 010, TWU, Denton. 2008
“Two Dub’s Motley Crow,” Student Union Gallery 010, TWU, Denton. 2007
“Kaleidoscope,” Student Union Gallery 010, TWU, Denton. 2006
“NLC Student Spot Light Exhibition,” Art Department, North Lake College, Irving. 2002
Selected Juried Exhibitions:
"D-Art Slam". Juried Competition, F.I.G, Dallas. 2009
Jurors: Chris Burne, Richard Davis, Eddy Rawlinson, Dan Rizzle, Gail Sachson
“TVAA Citation show", Plano Art Center, Plano. 2008
Juror: John Lambert Marcucci, Ph.D.
"Alliance Show”, Annual Juried Competition, TWU, Denton. 2008
“20th Annual Juried Members Exhibition” 2008.
Juror: Stephen Zhang
“Visual Arts Society of Texas 3rd annual 125-miles Visual Arts
Exhibition” 2008. Juror: Judy Youngblood.
“Annual Voertman Art Student Competition,” Fine Arts Gallery, TWU, Denton. 2007.
Juror: Maria Garcia Pedroche of the Dallas Museum of Art.
“Annual Voertman Art Student Competition.” Fine Arts Gallery, TWU, Denton. 2006
“Annual Voertman Art Student Competition.” Fine Arts Gallery, TWU, Denton. 2005
“Annual Voertman Art Student Competition.” Fine Arts Gallery, TWU, Denton. 2004
“Student Art Exhibition,” Art Department, North Lake College, Texas, Irving. 2002
Juror: Marla Morrison, Arts and Art Education Advisor for Winsor & Newton.
“Student Art Exhibition,” Art Department, North Lake College, Texas, Irving. 2001
Juror: Susan Mollett, Ceramic Artists/Instructor.
“Innovation Competition,” Mountain View College League, Dallas. 2001
“Student Art Exhibition,” North Lake College, Irving. 2000
Awards and Grants:
Artavita Art competition 2011 (3rd place)
"New Dallas Nine" award, Juried Competition, D Art slam @ F.I.G., Dallas, 2009
Second Place in “Alliance Show”, Annual Juried Competition, TWU, Denton. 2008.
Lynn Cox Purchase Award, “20th Annual Juried Members Exhibition” 2008.
Magic Light Images ll Award, “VAST 3rd Annual 125-miles Visual Arts Exhibition.
“Departmental Scholarship Competition,” Department of Visual Arts, TWU, Denton. 2006, 2005 and 2004.
Juror: Department of Visual Arts Faculty
“TWU Graduate Student Scholarship,” TWU, Denton. (2006-2007)
“TWU Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship,” TWU, Denton. (2003-2006)
“Outstanding Art Portfolio Scholarship Award,” North Lake College, Irving. 2002
“Student art Purchase Award,” Student Spotlight Exhibition, North Lake College, Irving. 2001
Texas Woman’s University, Denton and Houston, Texas.
North Lake College, Irving, Texas.
Dallas Convention Center, Dallas Texas.
Work and Other Professional Experience:
Texas Visual Arts Association, Dallas, Texas (member).
Visual Arts Society of Texas, Denton, Texas (member).
Painters @ Large, Denton, Texas (member).
Exhibition Reviews and Publication:
"Studio Visit", Volume 14, p.100-101
"D Magazine", August 2009, p. 66-71
“Denton Time”, August 7, 2008, p. 11.
“TWU Times,” TWU, Denton. Fall 2006, Issue No. 2, p. 6.
“Duck Soup,” Magazine of Creative Expression, NLC, Irving. Fall 2001,
Volume XV, p. 6.
References upon request.
I approach painting with a simple philosophy: a successful piece of art is one that allows viewers to peak into my world of
imagination and artistic aspirations.
My exhibitions represents
the theme of human life. My artworks combine trompe l’oeil and classical painting techniques with surreal settings of
pears to express messages of revitalization and aspiration.
My pear paintings depict the abstract form of the human body. The pears are presented as characters rather than objects. Each individual pear has its own distinctive shape, yet all pears possess the same
qualities and characteristics of milky smooth surfaces and off-white innards. Likewise,
all human beings exhibit a genuine heart and soul on the inside, despite different outer appearances. I choose subjects that
signify the realistic aspect of our lives and weave them into a surreal setting. I put them together in a way that mirrors
the mysteries of intertwining human imaginations and physical manifestations. This theme has extended into consideration of
human shortcomings, connection to reality, as well as issues of mortality and what is left behind.
Through my paintings,
I wish to create an atmosphere of humor, fantasy, mystery, and elements of human conditions.
Also, I transform everyday experiences into visual stimulation as a form of communication, to pose questions and seek
“Everything we see hides another thing; we always want
to see what is hidden by what we see.”