Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Kwan.
Christina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story takes a lot of little winding paths and twists and turns, it continues to do so today. I am an artist slash blogger slash gallery director slash photographer slash social media manager. I’ve worked in some form of sales or luxury retail for almost 7 years and now I’m 30 and about to get married. When I think about it all together, my head spins around and around and barely ever stops. I started writing my blog Tide & Bloom when I decided I needed to make artwork again. The blog started out as an outlet for sharing the things that inspired me and keeping a record of my creative journey. After a few years, it became what I was known for! The blog continues to be my writing playground and a way to keep me grounded in the things I love most. I got to where I am today through a whole lot of patience and putting myself out there.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Every single day, I’m most own worst enemy. The biggest struggle is overcoming self-inflicted fear and doubt in my talent. So I’ll consistently go through highs and lows – one day feeling like I want to give everything up and be another cog in the machine and then the next, feeling invigorated and emailing anyone and everyone who is willing to consider my work. Unfortunately, as a woman and even more so as an Asian woman, I’ve been raised to question myself all the time. In some ways, this has really hindered my growth because it’s stunted my self confidence. But in other ways, it’s just made me push harder to make better work.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Tide & Bloom – what should we know?
Because I dabble in a lot of different things, I have a lot to be proud of and a lot more to grow. In terms of my art, I’m known for the delicacy and movement in my abstract paintings. In terms of my blog and the Atlanta community, I’m known for being an Asian foodie and connecting with people of all backgrounds. Right now, I’m most proud of my most recent large project – the paintings I did for Snackboxe Bistro. That project was a great integration of my artist life and my foodie life. I’m really happy to see Snackboxe thriving and my work being a part of the unique dining experience they’re developing.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My desire to meet and get to know new people. I love being able to have random coffee and dinner dates with people I’ve never met in real life before. Instagram has been a huge part of that of course. It’s a persons connections and the community they cultivate that ultimately drives their success.
- Website: http://www.christinakwanart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @christina.kwan.art or @tideandbloom
- Other: http://www.tideandbloom.com
Lindsey LaRue, Chelsey Dellinger, Christina Kwan