Hello, I’m Caroline. I’m a Vietnamese American born and raised in Houston, Texas. Life is too darn short to be unhappy. Painting makes me happy. So that's what I'm doing.
I use paintings and drawings to illustrate my creative journey to happiness. My artwork is a visual translation of the self talk I use to navigate the changing seasons of life.
I’ve always enjoyed painting and drawing as a hobby since childhood. It turned into a necessity when I became an adult as a way to manage anxiety and work through recurring phases of depression. Typically, art on the topic of anxiety and depression bears a dark and sad tone, but I take a lighter approach with uplifting colors, whimsy compositions, a character called Dream Bird, and inspirational hand lettering.
Dream Bird is a character I created. Dream Bird depicts the life I aspire to live. Its constant state of dreaming is symbolized with having closed eyes and being in grayscale amidst colorful backgrounds. Often, Dream Bird is paired with quotes called “Dream Bird Mantras”. I develop the Mantras and design ideas from revelations that spring from listening to someone else’s story, advice I’ve heard, personal experiences, and works of pop art graphic designers and illustrators. By sharing what has helped me get through challenging moments, I hope to propel others forward in the same direction.
Creating art is my self prescribed form of antidepressants. Painting brings me pure, utter joy. I want to spread that joy to everybody, to aid in their quest to conquer the pursuit of happiness, as it does mine.
[Markets, Shows, and Pop Ups]
2019, The Dream Scholarship Art Show at Bisong Gallery, Houston, TX
2018, First Saturday Arts Market (December), Houston, TX
2018, Asia Society of Texas Night Market, Houston, TX
2018, 2017, 2016, Art on the Avenue Silent Auction, Houston, TX
2017 - 2016, Resident Artist at Silver Street Studios, Houston, TX
2017, Heartmade Houston Art Market (April, December), Houston, TX
2017 First Saturday Arts Market (May, June), Houston, TX
2016 North Main Holiday Pop Up Market, Houston, TX
2016 WildBloom Popshop Party, Houston, TX
2013, “God” Group Exhibition, Art Car Museum, Houston, TX
2013, “New Beginnings” Group Exhibition, JoMar Visions, Houston, TX
2013, First Saturday Arts Market (January, March), Houston, TX
2012, “Classic Reality” Group Exhibition, JoMar Visions, Houston, TX
2012, Yelp's Holiday Market, War'hous Gallery, Houston, TX
2012, Solo Show, Glitter Karaoke, Houston, TX
2012, Solo Show, Free People City Centre, Houston, TX
[Projects & Collaborations]
2019, Jo Malone London, Memorial City - Live Painting on Product Boxes, Houston, TX
2019, Mural at Eight Turn Crepe, Katy, Texas
2019, Artwork display at Adore Dentistry, Houston, Texas
2016, Jo Malone London, River Oaks District - Live Drawing on Product Boxes, Houston, TX
2016, Mural at Tokyo Restaurant, Port Arthur, Texas
2015, Mural at Tokyo Restaurant, Beaumont, Texas
2012, Fundraiser Art Show for Amelia and Madison Koong, Private Studio, Houston, TX
2012, 2011, 2008, Via Colori Street Painting Festival Artist, Houston, TX
[Education & Training]
2019, Artist INC participant
2007, University of Houston, Bachelor of Arts with Teacher Certification
2007 - 2009, 2011 - 2012, Art Teacher K-5, Houston area public schools