Today we’d like to introduce you to Yong Hui No. She shared her story with us below:
Yong Hui grew up in South Korea and immigrated to the United States as a teenager with her family . She currently lives in Taylorsville, UT. Her passion for art began at a young age, surrounded by art, dance and music which inspired her interest in fine art.
Yong was influenced by East Asian art painting called Sumi-e. She was deeply interested in the effects of color that came alive on the canvas. Yong experimented with different mediums over the years, including Sumi-e, pastel, oil, and acrylic, before choosing her favorite, watercolor.
As a student at West High School, she began to blossom as an artist with mentor Maurine Haltiner, who instilled an incredible love of art and encouraged Yong to pursue her artistic nature. Maurine purchased the first painting Yong ever sold and still encourages her to this day.
Yong went on to be awarded a scholarship to the University of Utah, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.) While there, she studied under several talented artistic instructors such as Edward Maryon, Paul Davies and Tony Smith.
Yong is a current member of the Utah Watercolor Society and Sandy Watercolor Guild. She enjoys the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with a variety of talented artists. She has continued to advance her painting skills over the years by attending workshops from well-known artists such as Ian Ramsay.
In addition to displaying her art in galleries and teaching beginner students, she has produced commissioned artwork upon request. Yong has learned to fine-tune her watercolor techniques by taking workshops.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Yes, it hasn’t been easy being an artist as I still work a full-time job. For me, finding time as an artist to paint and trying to meet deadlines has been challenging. I believe that even though it’s hard, if you challenge yourself to push through the obstacles you will win the victory of success!
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As a watercolor artist who is passionate about bringing joy to others through my art, my love for creating has led me to experiment with all sorts of mediums over the years, including pastels, oil paint, watercolor, charcoal, pen, and ink.
My work is ultimately inspired by my personal and travel experiences. I have always enjoyed experimenting with colors and seeing subject matter come to life on canvas. Transferring my first thoughts to paper the moment I first witness the subject matter of nature starts the creative process. Today my interest in art is as passionate and adventurous as ever and keeps being ignited by exploring the world!
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I have learned that you cannot stop living because life is too short. Over the last couple of years, I’ve lost friends and even though it’s shocking news, we cannot allow fear to overtake us. Live life to the fullest!
- Website: https://www.yongsart.com/