Interview: Lin Fei Fei


Name: Lin Fei Fei

Where do you live: Sacramento, CA

Known for: Painter and Artist

Currently working with: Oil Painting and photography

When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area?
When I graduated high school I realized I wanted to be a professional artist. I am truly the happiest when I am painting.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
I would love to live in Florence, Italy. I have been fortunate enough to travel there and I really love the weather and artistic history. It would be so inspiring to live in such a beautiful place.

How would you describe your creativity?
My creatively comes entirely from nature. I really am inspired by the world around me and the real emotions of people. Real life problems and situations inspire me to express the reality of the world. I am motivated by power and beauty from the universe.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
I became very serious with my art when I was earning my Master’s Degree. I was learning the ins and outs of being a professional artist. It was a struggle initially but I have learned so much along the way.

What do you do at the moment?
Currently I am a professional artist who competes in exhibitions worldwide, I teach art classes, and tutor students. Working and inspiring younger generations is really one of my passions.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Always follow your heart and know what you want to be and what you want to do. It will be tough, but keep going if you know what you are doing will make you happy.

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
I need lots of light and space to be comfortable and creative.

What is your favorite film?
The Green Mile and Secondhand Lions.

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
Michelangelo, Dali, Jenny Saville. These are some of my favorite artists from some very different periods of art. I could learn so much from each one of them.

How do you like to spoil yourself?
Eat pizza and drink with my friends.

What is luxury for you?

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
My father has been very supportive of my career. Anytime he complements me it is such a fulfilling feeling and inspires me to continue to be great.

What do you fear most?
Living a life without the people I love

What is a happy life to you?
Creating, teaching, and inspiring people.

What does a regular day look like for you?
Coffee in the morning, painting, working out and running, reading a good book.

Tell us about your dream project.
I would build a top-of-the-line oceanfront art studio so I could paint every day from dawn to dusk.

Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
Georgia O’Keeffe. She is a role model for young female artists.

How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
A combination of abstract impressionism, large scale paintings, and power with energy.

Which is the one thing you can‘t live without?
Freedom and fresh air.

What inspires you?
People and nature.

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
Life of Pi.

Did you ever live in a country other than China? If so, where?
I have always lived in China but have been lucky enough to travel to many of my dream spots around the world. While receiving my master’s degree, I was allowed the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Norway in 2013 and in Italy in 2014.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
I have always been fascinated by space and I would love to travel to the dark side of the moon. Pink Floyd style!

Which career did you hope to have as a child?
As a child I remembered the first time I saw a western fashion show on TV. At the time it was very rare to see things like this in China and I was immediately interested in the clothes the models were wearing. I filled notebook after notebooks with drawings and ideas as I dreamed of be-coming a fashion designer.

Which do you prefer: Summer or winter? City or countryside? Sea or mountains? Dogs or cats? Car or bicycle?
Summer, Countryside, Sea, Dogs, Car.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Paint, relax at home, Bike rides, layout in the summertime and enjoy the sun.

What has been your biggest success in life, so far?
When I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in 2011, I was fortunate enough to be chosen to represent my university at a conference in Tianjin. There were so many famous people from around the world there; including Xu Bing, that CCTV even filmed the event for the news. I gave an important speech that moved the audience and even brought some to tears. I was so nervous before the speech and my professor Mr. Gong just told me to be myself. I was shocked by how well the words flowed from me. I was very proud of myself and the attention that I brought to my university and professors. I still heed the advice my professor gave me that day.

What is your philosophy on life? Or, your favorite quotation?
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”― Walt Whitman

What is your New Year’s Resolution or goal for 2016?
I want to express myself through my art and inspire others.

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