The journey with a thousand miles begin with one step.  Gina took that journey almost 20 years ago when she got on the airplane heading west to the United States leaving behind the country that birthed her and the family she dearly love.    Not knowing what her future would hold, yet in some peculiar and strange way, she knew she would be okay.   

Originally from Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, Gina didn't plan on becoming an artist.  Instead, she attended Boise State University and graduated with a degree in Radiologic Science.  She works as an MRI Technologist for the Boise Veteran Affairs Medical Center.  Gina picked up her first paint brush when she was at a friend's house and saw the beautiful artwork created by her friend.  She was inspired and began taking classes, workshops, and seek advice and guidance from a local well-known artists.  Through her passion, she founded an art class program at her work and volunteering her time conducting classes for the veterans.  She encourage them to use art as a tool to combat mental illness, depression, PTSD and suicidal thoughts.

She works predominantly in oil where she strive to transcribe what she sees, the intimate moments, the mood and atmosphere, all while capturing the essence of subject or place.  Each of her works offer an entry point into the variety and richness that lies beneath every experience she encounter in life.

Gina is a member of Treasure Valley Artists' Alliance.  She was represented by Art Source Gallery in downtown, Boise and her works were juried into several exhibitions and received several awards including: the People's Choice Award in the We Art Women exhibition, benefitting the Women and Children's Alliance (2020); participation in the Old Idaho Penitentiary for the sixth year of the 32 Cell Art Show (2021 & 2022); and the Art & Musical Theme Benefitting Surel's Place (2022).  Her works have been on the cover of Boise Weekly issues for August 2018, September 2019, August 2021 and March 2022.

Today Gina lives with her British born husband, a one year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and a 15 year old Shih Tzu in Boise, Idaho while her two adult sons are presently living and working in Singapore and Malaysia.




 

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