Who are you?
I’m a writer and illustrator from Toronto. I draw your dark side at Creepify Me and make nice cat things at feel fine feline. I’m also working on a novel, scribble short stories and poems, and am a total sucker for spicy foods (blame it on my Chongqing heritage!).
I grew up reading Stephen King novels, doodling way too many cats, and making fandom merchandise when my parents wouldn’t buy me the real thing. We didn’t have cable TV, so I had to learn to entertain myself. Luckily, this involved tons of writing and drawing, two activities that make me deliriously happy and kept me out of trouble.
I graduated with an Honors Business Administration degree from Western University, and worked in the business field while doodling a webcomic and making videos about my trial-and-error creative process. In 2016, I decided to throw myself completely into what I truly, truly love, and I’ve been challenging myself to grow as a writer and artist ever since.
Why Do What You Do?
I have an impulse to examine the unseen horrors of everyday life. What power struggles and injustices are lurking under the veneer of normalcy? What do we stand to gain or lose when we kill off the strange and wonderful parts of ourselves in order to fit in? There are two sides (and perhaps a third, unknowable side) to every story, and I’m constantly trying to find the best way to tell them.
I’m inspired by contradictory emotions. Perhaps it’s a conflicting feeling I want to pin down, some delicious memory or nagging ache I can’t seem to understand except by drawing it out. Aesthetically, I’m all about juxtaposition. I love baroque and street art, dark and pastel colours, mixing the grotesque with the soft and cute, the old with the new. By embracing and exploring contrasts in my illustrations, I hope to communicate all facets of an idea and create maximum emotional impact.
- Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing, Second Prize, Western University, 2012
- Winner of the Marguerite R. Dow Canadian Heritage Writing Award, Western University, 2011
- Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry, First Prize, Western University, 2010
- Winner of Young Artist of the Year, The Society For All Artists, 2008
- Winner of the National Essay Competition, Engineers Without Borders, 2007