I paint, draw, and live vicariously through Dream Bird.

Hello, I’m Caroline. I’m a Vietnamese American. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I'm a dog mom, and have a little son as well. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of Houston, I taught art in public schools for a few years. Then I decided to be a freelance artist to focus on my own craft. 

My current work focuses on a character I created called Dream Bird, which I illustrate using acrylic paint or pen ink. The character appears to be continuously daydreaming, as shown by always having closed eyes, being painted in greyscale, and set in colorful surroundings. Dream Bird is often paired with sayings called “Dream Bird mantras”. The mantras are self affirmations for building confidence, combating negative self-talk, and pursuing your dreams. All things I strive for but struggle to achieve. Depression and anxiety has been a lifetime battle for me. My paint brushes are my antidepressants. Through art I'm able to sort through my rollercoaster of emotions, clear my mind and focus on the present. When I paint, I escape to another reality, which is the colorful, carefree, happy world of Dream Bird. 

When someone is able to relate to my artwork, it makes me feel like I’m not alone. This is why I continue creating and sharing. We're all just humans trying to make it through life. I believe art is one beautiful way of sharing the human experience together.

Life is too darn short to be unhappy. Painting makes me happy. So that's what I'm doing.


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