Pearl grew up in Hong Kong and Malaysia. She never thought that she had the ‘artistic skill’ or ‘technique’ to create any meaningful art, since she always failed her art classes. But during her high school years, she became more interested in graphic design and enrolled in Art as one out of the six subjects for her International Baccalaureate diploma. In the beginning, she was meticulous and measured every single angle, until one day, she was given a 72” x 72” canvas. She no longer had the mathematical patience and just ran with it. That piece was the beginning of her therapeutic journey through art.
From a young age, she learned to put up a strong mask and concealed her emotions. During her International Baccalaureate course, she was guided to create a series of paintings circling one theme. Through that process, she was able to find healthy expressions for her concealed emotions and began to discover, explore, learn and heal.
She moved to Toronto at 19 and attended York University, obtained my B.A Honours in Psychology and took a year off to spend time with her father before his passing. After that incident, she thought about the moments she used to spend in the art room and the effect it had on her. She decided to follow intuition and pursue a career as an art therapist, and applied to the Toronto Art Therapy Institute.
She is currently perusing her vision of affordable mental health services through the work of Art Therapy, to promote the importance of mental health and self-awareness.
* * * * * * * * * *
After a long hiatus in art creation during childhood, she has resumed as a painter. Soft pastel colours are her ideal palate and she often paints her signature animal, the elephant, inspired by her deceased father.