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Meet Stevie Chun

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stevie Chun.

Stevie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Well after working in early childhood education for many years, I was longing for something more creative. The freedom the children had made me think about what I was missing. I wanted to be free in expressing myself. I started a jewelry business and did that for a few years before turning to painting. I started with oil paints, moved to acrylic and then found a love for watercolor. 

I traveled to Oregon in 2014 to work with a watercolor artist by the name, Claudia Nice. She expanded my love for watercolor even more and I haven’t stopped. When I worked with Claudia, we focused on realism but I have always enjoyed abstract and modern art. This led me to my exploration of the circle shape. The circle shape has many different meanings spiritually and culturally which drew my interests. It’s been about six years now that I have been working with the circle shape. 

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being a self-taught artist hasn’t been a smooth road at all. There has been the self-doubt because I wasn’t formally educated in the arts. There has also been the self-doubt because you compare yourself to other artists. I know I shouldn’t compare myself and what I do with others but it still happens. I think another part that makes the road bumpy is because you have to start self-promoting and this can be intimidating. It’s easier to create the art than it is to talk about it. I enjoy the process of making the art but I struggle on expressing why I create the pieces I do. When someone loves a piece, it’s much easier to start talking about the piece and what it means to me.

Please tell us more about your art.
The last six years I have been focused on the circle shape in my artwork. The circle shape has different meanings to different cultures and spiritual people. Some meanings behind the circle are; mother earth, heaven, karma, the sun, being complete, etc. These meanings I found very intriguing and also made me think about how humans are all connected in some way. We may have our differences but yet we are all human. This makes us all connected in one way and some of us have many more similarities. 

After creating my pieces, I try to think about what I was feeling during the creation. This is usually how I title my pieces. Sometimes I have to wait a while to let the piece tell me it’s title. Since I have been showing my work, I have found that many people connect with the circle shape. One of my pieces a couple said reminded them of glass windows in Italy that were made from the bottom of bottles. Ever since they shared this story, that is what I see looking at it. I love hearing what others feel when looking at my work. 

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Currently I have my work at the Lakes and Valleys Art Guild in Leona Valley, CA and for the month of August I have my work at Poppies Art and Gifts in Ojai, CA. I plan on contacting a few more southern California galleries and boutiques to see if they have space for a new artist. I also would like to expand to other states. 

I am also working on new pieces which include soldered necklaces and pendants and trinket bowls. Both continue using the circle shape in their designs. The necklaces and pendants are mini watercolor pieces but on the trinket bowls I did have to use acrylic paint instead of watercolor. One other project that I have been trying to do is turn my artwork into fabric designs. I have been working on this but since I am not super tech savvy it is taking me much longer than I had hoped.

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