I love drawing and colouring since as far as I could remember. My school text books and lecture notes were always covered in doodles and my favourite subject in college was Art, other than Home Economics and Literature.
I also love words; reading and writing feed my imagination and inspire me to channel my observations and thoughts into articles and blogging. I also express myself, my curiosity and my love for people through food and cooking.
At 30, I ran away on a much needed sabbatical and volunteered on organic farms in Italy; and quite naturally, I fell in love with the country and in awe of Mother Nature. I grew green fingers and spoke the Italian lingua after that lasting connection to the land and I have a little garden now which sprouts bananas, pandan and curry leaves among other wild things.
At close to 40, I left the Public Relations agency that I founded to focus on motherhood, and unwittingly I had a lot of free time to do all the things I love; cooking, drawing, sewing, writing, crafting, reading and gardening - while growing a baby.
One day, while I was stirring a pot of baby pasta with pureed vegetables, my mind went into a theta zone and a picture formed in my head and I needed to put it on paper right there and then. It was Mario il pescatore fishing on Macaroni mare. From then on, I didn't stop creating and I churned out daily feeds of images, fuelled by my ingredients and meals.
I call it Eat To Draw because that's when the magic happens - when I pick up the knife to chop, the ladle to stir and the brush to paint. Since 2015, I have been sharing my daily doodles of food art depicting whimsical animals, characters, and landscapes on my Instagram @Eattodraw and Facebook.
Not just a food lover, I also love nature, animals and travelling, hence a lot of my illustrations, artwork and writings features these subjects and landscapes.
I also create interesting commentaries and quirky images based on newsy topics and happenings around the world such as the inauguration of Donald Trump, the Pokemon craze, Wonder Woman movie, and daily experiences which inspire my core and being.
What keeps me going nowadays is consistently improving my craft and creating creative programme to share with my community at my workshops. In my free time, I like to lose myself in green spaces, gardening, cooking and art because that's how I find my centre again.
You can get to know me more at my interviews:
- The Business Times (Link Here)
- TheMiddleGround.sg (Featured Here)
- SaltMagazine.asia (Interview Here)
- Two of my artwork were reposted on Huffington Post Arts' Instagram
Some eat to live... whereas I eat to draw! Cooking and eating gives me great pleasure and inspiration to create art.
Love, Fenix & Carlyn