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Life & Work with Anna Jung

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Jung.

Hi Anna, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’ve always been inclined to the creative side and that has always been my outlet to express when I could not verbalize. Growing up, I was surrounded with close family members who are also artists. They gave me the foundation of curiosity and exploration. To be an artist was not my first intention. I loved animals so my goal was to become a veterinarian, but when taking science classes in high school, I found that it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. After graduating high school, I went to Pasadena City College and that’s where I formally started learning the basics of art. With the encouragement of family, friends, and processors, I applied to Art Center College of Design. And that is where I’m still at. I’m grateful for my close-knit circle of people who believed in me and for the opportunity to pursue what I love. This journey could have been much more rough but I am lucky to have been blessed with a smooth transition all the way to where I am now.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has! And I’m really grateful for that. I hear a lot of stories where the road was a lot bumpier and how their struggles to be their true self was more difficult. That’s why when I hear anyone pursuing their passion, I want to give them all the support I can because you never know what trials the other person is going through.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I would consider myself more of a gouache painter. I’ve never always liked gouache because of its fast drying and constant layering but now I love the challenge it brings and the graphic colors. Overcoming the struggle of using gouache is also a proud moment for me. In most of my paintings, I enjoy incorporating a play on words or hidden objects scattered around so the viewers can make up their own story. But other than that, I feel like I haven’t accomplished a lot yet. Maybe other people see otherwise but for me, I’m still in the process of getting there.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
For me, it’s slow and steady. I may not have always made the smartest choice or graduated “right on time” but I, in my own way, am getting to my goal at my own pace. I think society used to push that thinking where you had to go to college, then get a degree, a job, and make a life for yourself, all by the time you hit 22. I’m still learning to grow at my own pace and that what others go through is not always what is meant for you.

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