About me ...
I paint. I sketch. I doodle. I do bespoke art. I am an artist.
I never thought I will become an artist. Never in my wildest dreams. My art journey began 7 years ago, in 2013. It started with a fun art jamming class with some girlfriends and how it has led to a journey that totally changed the course of my life is simply quite unbelievable. An amazing journey that has brought me from painting for friends, to friends of friends, to people I do not know. I often pinch myself blue, so very incredible it has been. In the 7 years, I have been blessed with wonderful clients and in my corporate client and customer lists, among the luminous names are SMU, MGS, SUTD, NUS, SAF, UOB and Changi Airport Group!
An artist somehow I have become, at this stage of my life and at such a point in time, when though not exactly old, I am far from young. An almost grand old dame, I realised that painting was perhaps something that I can do "seriously' for this season of my life.
Who would have thought it possible to start a career at 50 something? It happened. To me. For the record, I picked up the brush again in July 2013. The last time I held a brush, I was 18 years old, in 1980 and it was for the ‘A’ levels examinations!
I have been heartened by the warm reception for my work. The deals and orders affirmed and have encouraged me so very much. In December 2015, I started my own company, GlacySohArt. Commission orders in oils and mixed media have been steady. I have work on hand to keep me busy each day.
Egged on by my very supportive friends, I have since launched 5 editions (with one revised version, so technically, it is 6 sets !) of my work on merchandise.
In 2017, I did four pieces of work specially for Haw Par Villa. June 2019, I launched a mini series of 3 artworks on Fort Canning Hill, exclusive to Battle Box.
Well, I used to have 12 retail points at Chinatown Heritage Centre, The Fullerton Shop, Battle Box, Haw Par Villa, Rumah Kim Choo, Gift at Changi Airport, Fabricity and Das Erzgebirge Haus Ion, Orchard, Eatatmykitchen and Gallery by Abry, National Art Gallery. Sadly, no thanks to Covid 19, Chinatown Heritage Centre and Haw Par Villa are now closed for renovation and repairs.
2020 was a difficult year. Tourism retail was hard hit but aggressive and creative efforts saw many centres/ shops increase their online presence in the form of e commerce platforms. 2021 continues with no end in sight for the tourism industry. My merchandise has a 90% dependency on tourists. Retail sales are at a dismal low but thanks be to God, I am still painting, fulfilling orders.
My work with special artists has brought forth much meaning for me and also some form of self sufficiency for them. We are constantly on the look out for opportunities.
2019, I started a new company, one that will look after the retail side of my business. GlacySohArt Designs Pte Ltd was incorporated March 1, 2019. Thank God for this, and I really grateful to have a trusting partner and a solid team who will tend to accounts, delivery and administration!
Feb 8, 2020, my application to register my trademark was approved by IPOS. Never have I thought that I will arrive at this point in this very late start career of mine! But, it did and I deeply grateful to all who have helped me so very much.
I began 2021 with a fundraiser campaign, a collaboration with HCA Hospice Care, The Life Art and Sound of Art Gallery. Painted 5 pieces which I called THE REMEMBRANCE SERIES and donated the proceeds to the Hospice. The fundraising campaign went a step further with the launch of Chinese New Year Masks bearing three of adapted designs from my artworks. The masks were donated by mask maker Forever Family, with proceeds of sales to HCA Hospice. Another milestone for the HCA project, I received my biggest commission for another 5 pieces of work ! Indeed, we have been blessed with much favour.
For me, to be able to do what I love is a very big deal. My days are full. I love this season of my life. I have been so happy since I started painting again. 5 years have passed and I have just started on my 6th. Thanks be to God, for the ability to paint, for angels He has been sending my way, for good solid friends, for opportunities and for open doors.
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY
July 3, 2021
To God Be All Glory