All these, I really could not asked for more and for that, I am thankful, every day of my life. One of the most valuable lesson I have learned in life is to always look towards the positivity in everything, no matter how dreadful it may be. Here’s wishing each and everyone of you a Happy 2021!
Wrapping up 2020
29 December 2020
2019 – What an unexpected year it has been!
28 December 2019
This year, I decided to go easy. Take my time with my artworks and fully concentrate and indulge in the process of creating.
I have taken off several art competitions and exhibitions from my list except for Colored Pencil Society Of America .
It was not easy initially. Seeing my peers getting into shows and competitions that I’ve sat out, I felt that I was missing out a lot. But then, by the end of 2018, fifth year into my journey as a colour pencil artist, I realised that I need to take a step back and re-evaluate the directions to where I should be focusing instead.
You know how when we begin to do something which we are passionate about, we tend to want to try out anything, to test the water, so to say. For me, it was just about every opportunity I can get to have
Strokes of Genius & CP Treasures 5
22 January 2018
What a pleasant end to the year 2017 to see my artworks published in both CP Treasures 5 and Strokes of Genius 9!
Strokes Of Genius 9 – Creative Discoveries
Strokes of Genius was one of my most anticipated publication since the beginning of my career. It was my dream to one day have my artwork published in this collection.
I knew it will be a tough call since it is an all media juried selection. When I received the news that my piece “Of Time Long Past” was amongst 140 selected international artworks. Needless to mention that I was over the moon. This could be an one-off lucky strike but at least one of my dream was fulfilled.
CP Treasures 5 – Colored Pencil Masterworks From Around The Globe by Ann Kullberg
Having my art work included amongst the 120 pieces out of 838 entries is a huge deal for me as a colour pencil
YES! It’s Colour Pencils Exhibition
24 August 2017
It has been two months since this exhibition but the memories were still fresh in my mind.
This exhibition was initiated by Solmaz Pessian https://www.facebook.com/SolmazArtStudio/
both extremely multi-talented Iranian women. They have been residing in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia for several years now.
I was truly honoured to be included in this collaboration.
This is the first exhibition for Solmaz as a colour pencil artist and she is extremely passionate in what she does. Her goal is pretty similar to me, hoping that this medium will be taken seriously and that coloured pencil art is not child’s play.
Faramas is a fashion designer by profession who is gaining vast recognition locally. She has been actively showcasing her fashion works and exhibiting her artworks internationally.
Both Solmaz and Faramas planned and did all the ground work for this exhibition. I was not much of help because I live in Penang, a 4 hours
“100 Great Master Artists of our Time”
1 June 2017
Sharon Kow – Coloured Pencil Master Artist
When I received a message on Facebook from Cindy Wider, co-founder of DrawPj.com Art Education about an interview for her ongoing project, I was speechless…. took me quite a while to digest it.
She explained that she is gradually gathering artists from around the world for this collection and that the artists she personally choose for this special project are selected based upon her opinion and after watching them for (sometimes several years) online.
After reading her detailed explanations, I was still unsure. Not because of who she is, it was me. I have never once thought myself as a master of anything because I still have so much to learn.
The interview questions brought back fond and sad memories and it took me almost 2 weeks to complete. All the answers that I have given came straight out within me, there are some things that many of my personal friends
Featured Artist Eksentrika.com
7 March 2017
This is an interview I did with www.eksentrika.com recently. Eksentrika is a content website dedicated to showcase Malaysian talents, inspire more creatives and spur the growth of local arts.
They are a pretty new outfit, run by former journalists Ista and Sukhbir who strives to give exposure and recognitions to the unconventional artisans and maverick virtuosi for their contributions to art. Eksentrika also serves as a database of local creative talents and a conduit for these artists to reach out to potential clients. They believe Malaysia has a plethora of hidden creative gems and this eccentric duo are aspire to get them all noticed.
And to be featured in their website, is definitely a huge honour. To think that my art work is worthy of their attention.
To add icing on the cake, Faber-Castell Malaysia was generous enough to act as sponsor to my article! It was something that I did not expected at all.
To read more, go
LANGKAWI ART BIENNALE 2016
21 November 2016
The much-anticipated journey continues in Langkawi Art Biennale 2016. The all-encompassing theme in this coming event is called the ‘Exploration’. Moving forward with the ‘Migration‘ theme from the 1st biennale, participating artists will settle down and experience Langkawi in-depth. Artists would be exposed to new discoveries of multifaceted cultures and religions, an endless array of local food, varying lifestyle of the inhabitants, and even the tranquil nature of the countryside and natural beaches.
What an experience! To be part of this international art event was pretty surreal for me. This is the first time coloured pencil artwork were included and exhibited along with all other mainstream medium here in Malaysia. It is a huge milestone for coloured pencil art in Malaysia and I hope it will open up a path and opportunities for more colour pencil artists locally and internationally.
First of all, this event is not
CPSA Signature Status & Strokes of Genius 9
29 September 2016
Seems like a long time since my last blog and this is the first time that I am blogging from my website.
After the exhibition with Faber-Castell Malaysia in April this year, I have been cooped up at home working on paintings for the Langkawi Art Biennale ‘Exploration” 2016 (LAB 2016), which will take place from the 16th – 23rd November 2016 in Langkawi, Malaysia.
LAB 2016 will be a milestone for me and also coloured pencil art, locally, if everything goes well. This exhibition really pushes my boundaries as a colour pencil artist as I have to produce paintings at the size from 24 x 24 inches (60 x 60cm) to 36 x 36 inches (91 x 91 cm) huge. A very big feat when using solely dry medium. Tough, but it is a good try.
All the complete paintings for LAB 2016 can only be revealed during