Left Brain Inclined and Right Brain Inspired.
My love affair with art started when I was 5 years old. My parents sent me to a painting class after I defiantly doodled all over our tiny apartment wall. However like most kids, I eventually grew up and “grew out” of art to handle real life responsibilities … at least I thought I did.
Like the quintessential achievement oriented Asian American, I spent my twenties chasing after the American dream from the perspective of first generation immigrant parents. My psychology degree didn’t exactly create the perfect launching pad for a career in consulting, finance or medicine, so I compensated by pursuing an MBA at age 24 and ultimately dabbled my way through various analytical roles from startups to corporate companies. I succumbed to the pressure of the rat race and changed jobs about every two years. Despite having jobs that looked “good on paper” and paid for fancy gym memberships, I still felt unfulfilled with each move, felt guilty about feeling that way, and questioned whether I would ever find professional happiness.
I found myself craving a creative outlet after moving to Portland, Oregon to accept a job opportunity. What I thought was the dream job ended up being a soul sucker and the catalyst for rekindling my love for creating art, my side hustle, and now my main course. I picked up a paintbrush for the first time in over a decade to join the #The100DayProject movement and painted every night after work. It quickly became my favorite medium.
To appreciate watercolor is to truly embrace its unpredictable nature. The organic movement of color bleeding into each other is intoxicating with each drop. I am naturally drawn to an expressive style because it gives me room to experiment and push my own artistic boundaries.
SeeWhyZhang Design represents a collection of modern pieces that are playful interpretations of subjects that inspire me with a tinge of mischief. All of the prints are printed in-house in Portland using high quality Epson archival paper and ink, hand cut and packaged with care. Lately, I've started to expand my product line into other goodies like enamel pins and baby textiles, all based on my original designs.
I hope my art finds a place in your home and brings joy to you and your loved ones. More importantly, if you are currently feeling the itch for something “better” out there, I hope you find the courage and inspiration to take baby steps toward finding the thing that brings you joy. It takes a long time, but don't give up.
All the best,Cathy Zhang
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