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Angela

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“My passion for painting surprised me, as I finally realized what truly made me feel ‘free’.”

Angela is a self-taught artist born in 1990, based in Southern California, United States. As a child, she would draw characters from television shows, doodles of her parents, and portraits of aunties and uncles. She was interested in everything arts and crafts, made Power Rangers and Disney character costumes out of paper, put together stacks of Perler bead projects, and wrote and illustrated piles of half-finished books.

To appreciate or create abstract art is something from beyond the physical realm; it would be insensible to give a description with such limiting words of the human language.

As time went by, the social conditioning from society led Angela to focus more on material world pursuits. She spent almost a decade on and off in the automotive industry, worked as a realtor, and dipped her toes in various fields. However, she felt as if none of the occupations she had tried truly resonated with her. She reached a breaking point, and asked the universe for guidance.

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To appreciate or create abstract art is something from beyond the physical realm; it would be insensible to give a description with such limiting words of the human language.

One night, she had a dream about an elementary school classmate. She remembered that this classmate had always seemed like a happy kid, and that he had played hockey as a child. Sports had never been her main area of interest, but a silly thought crossed her mind: “Maybe if I did the things that he did, I would be as happy too”. So, in a pursuit to realize happiness, she decided to try it out.

“If we surrender and release control of having to know every little detail of how our lives are going to go, life becomes much easier.”

In 2018, after attending a few beginner hockey programs, she immersed herself in the sport. She picked up a job at an ice arena, and when she was not working, she spent her days skating, taking lessons, and spectating hockey games at local rinks.

“I realized, as humans, we like to plan because our egos tend to want to know everything in order to have some certainty in our lives.”

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Although she enjoyed the sport, she did not understand how investing all this time, money, and energy into the hobby would do anything for her on a deeper level. Throughout this time, the curiosity to realize what her true passions were never left the back of her head.