Welcome to my site!
My name is Justine. I am a professional free spirit
artist + teacher + entrepreneur
passionate about human psychology, personal development, natural health + wellness, inspiring people, and employing visual arts for creative expression + communication.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I lived in Taipei, San Diego, San Francisco, and Oakland, CA, before moving to Maui, Hawaii.
I grew up thinking I was going to be a doctor. I went to university and then to professional school, but before I graduated, I realized there was more to life than getting a doctoral degree in order to love and please everyone around me.
My childhood dream was to be an artist. I have always had a notebook with me to capture doodles and drawings of my internal and external worlds. In high school and university, I would doodle in class alongside my notes. Those doodles turned into a portfolio which landed me my first freelance jobs as a budding artist.
My current mediums of choice are watercolor, ink, and acrylic. My inspiration comes from heeding intuitive nudges, and my technical skill comes from years of self-practice. Through my artwork, I point people in the direction of their own dreams, spark their inner light, and uncover hidden, untapped creativity and potential. I periodically share my thoughts, experiences, and lessons learned from art-making on my blog...
"from the studio"
Yoga Saved my Art
When I got to professional/graduate school, I had already been practicing yoga for a couple of years for its physical benefits. When I was in graduate school, the daily grind of working toward something that didn't light me up as a professional completely drained my energy. I became depressed, and yoga and meditation saved my life by keeping my mental health in check.
Practicing yoga and meditation allowed me to see and accept my true self as an eternally creative being. Even though I had hidden my creative side as a child because it was regarded as "a waste of time" to be art-making, I realized I have always been and always will be an artist. I believe my intuitive creativity and finding joy in hand-crafting destines me to be a communicator through visual arts.
Yoga and meditation changed my life by helping me discover who I really am. After leaving school, I became a yoga teacher to share it as a personal transformation tool. To create a life of your own design, you must be able to hear and listen to the inner voice within yourself. With proper guidance, yoga and meditation allow you to quiet the mind and let your true inner voice be heard.
I believe we all have a purpose in this world, and that is to create our ultimate freedom and joy. By doing so, we get to experience true harmony within ourselves, which then translates into harmony in the outer world, or...
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
- Howard Thurman
Projects & Beyond
Yoga and meditation shed the light on lifelong unconscious mental patterns that I had which led me to depression in graduate school. Discovering yoga and meditation was like finding the tip of the iceberg to a world of mental health and wellness, natural healing modalities, and self empowerment through mental discipline and personal development.
Having experienced what it's like to fully live in my power as a creative woman by learning to place my own self-care and worth first, I am called to empower more women, specifically those who have also experienced what it's like to have silenced themselves in order to fit into a cultural box.
Growing up Asian American, I was told to obey the rules, be quiet, look nice so you can marry, or become a doctor because it is worthy. My experiences prove we can rise above set expectations by embracing ourselves as whole people, even when parts of ourselves are unwanted by others. We can lead the way for a previous generation of women who are only starting to learn to do the same, and all young women to follow.