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 August 2015, Sketches of Singapore One was marketed primarily on social media. The response to this set surprised me, as it quickly became a sell out collector's set of coasters and placemats. The sketches featured were places of interest in Singapore. The second edition, a Peranakan one was introduced in May 2016. Barely a year later, the regular and jumbo coasters sets were sold out. I revamped the Peranakan Edition with a 2017 version, keeping three top favs of the old series and introduced three new designs. The third edition was on National Monuments, launched in November 2016. The placemats have all been sold. Small quantities of the coasters are still available. A fourth edition, The Chinatown Series was launched in conjunction with my first SOLO Art Exhibition at Chinatown Heritage Centre in September, 2017. The Fifth Edition was launched officially in late January 2019. It is a set of 6 hybrid orchid paintings to commemorate the Bicentennial Year.
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.
I 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.
2020 is an 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. In addition to my own online shop, my merchandise can now be found in Sift and Pick and Chinatown Heritage Centre Online.
My work with special artists these past 2 years has brought forth much meaning for me and also some form of self sufficiency for them.
I am also most pleased to announce that The Art Faculty and the Wesley Book Nook now carry the book sets of specially designed neoprene holder and the book "Let Us Consider" which is an an inspirational book of 31 essays by Dr Tan Lai Yong and talented writer Ms Jacqueline Woo. I contributed 10 pcs of my paintings to this book. Proceeds of these sets will go to helping Christian ministries that I support.
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!
I started the year 2020 with an exhibition at Chinatown Heritage Centre. Painted on cheongsams. Painting for a Purpose. The cheongsams were successfully auctioned and all proceeds given to Yong En Care Centre.
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.
Together with our Special Artists, we completed a commission of 2 pieces for a foreign corporation, one for Singapore and one for Hong Kong. I continued painting the whole of Covid year 2020, mainly private orders and one big corporate order from The Bersama Group. I ended 2020 with a tie up with Ten Butter Fingers. I painted the Nativity story in 6 drawings and the talented baker put them on cupcakes !!!
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. 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
February 18, 2021
To God Be All Glory