Donated by Thu Nguyen Art Gallery

Facing Storm

Oil on Linen

20” x 16”

Retail Value: $1,200

Price: SOLD



I was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Being very shy, I spent much of my childhood hiding away upstairs painting, instead of playing with other children. My first brush with success was a Best of Show prize at the 1974 children’s exhibition in Saigon sponsored by UNICEF. In 1975 Saigon fell and in the resulting confusion I was separated from my parents. I ended up in a refugee camp near Hong Kong for a year prior to immigrating to the United States as an orphan. During my high school years, I earned extra money doing fashion modeling work in the garment district and upon graduation started on the pre-med program in college. During this time I fell in love with art again and changed my major to art.

After getting my art degree, I have since settled down to pursue my art career in Los Angeles, later Seattle and finally Hawaii with the big excitement being adopting my first daughter from China and my second daughter from Vietnam.

BFA in painting, California State University Long Beach.
Two grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Three grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
My work is represented in many public and private collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Mexico including recent exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Tacoma Art Museum, WA, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL, Ackland Museum of Art, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC


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