May 8, 2021

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Ha The heart has been in art since childhood. But when Yong Hui Lin got older, her mind told her that it could not provide a steady source of livelihood.

Realistically, she decided that her talent for art should be her hobby rather than a profession.

She started giving science and math lessons for a living, but she couldn’t give up on her dream.

“My life is incomplete without art,” she said.

Three years ago, I joined the Malaysian Institute of Art and obtained a diploma in fine arts last year.

Within a short period of time, her work has won awards in various art competitions such as Usaha Tegas Heritage Art, Live Sketch Art Decor, and Art Against AIDS.

“For me, every award is the best compliment to my work,” she said.

“It motivates me to fulfill my ambition to be an artist.”

Most of her works shed light on Sino-Malaysian culture.

“I grew up with strong Chinese traditions,” said 31-year-old Johoran.

I went to the temples and watched operas. I paint what I saw growing up. ”

She loves the traditional Chinese architecture, which seems to be fading away.

“There are a lot of memories and stories associated with these buildings.”

She hopes to immortalize them through her paintings and show the beauty of Chinese culture to Malaysians, especially young people.

Describe your family.

I am from a large family, with five sisters. We slept in the same bedroom.

Therefore, we are very close to each other. My father works as a cemetery builder and my mother is a housewife. My parents support us unconditionally, regardless of which profession we choose. This is an important factor that pushed me to become a painter.

What is your long-term goal as an artist?

I’m still studying while doing art part time.

I love teaching. But I like to be a full-time artist, I just focus on my art.

I have been told that earning a steady income through drawing alone can be difficult.

I did not give up. I work hard to make this dream a reality.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a painter?

I’m sick.

I enjoy the process of adding detail step-by-step to work which gives me a complete sense of accomplishment.

My weakness is that I need the ultimate focus. If I’m busy with other things, it’s hard for me to get back to the art that I’ve been working on. As a result, I will take more time to finish my work.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Anything can spark that. I can get inspiration from a conversation with people or playing sports in the park.

My best inspiration comes when I’m sleepless. I woke up and started to draw something. After drawing I feel I can sleep easily.

What do you do when you are not painting?

I love to travel within Malaysia. I love driving to different places and seeing the cultural atmosphere there. I feel lucky to be a Malaysian to have a multi-ethnic community. Different cultures give me inspiration for my paintings.