She has a passion for Illustration; she likes to incorporate Illustration elements to her paintings. The example of culture by adding element of traditional clothing or a flag, it is representational and it is symbolic. Strengthen the message of animal awareness by adding the cage, color, textures and composition to evoke or express different emotions.
She admires Tim O’Brien and Gottfried Helnwein; they convey ideas, facts and feelings using the technical skills of painting and drawing and their own creativity. The most influential mentor and guidance are Lesile Cober-Gentry and Jack Tom. They had made a positive difference in her life. They saw something in her that she didn’t see in herself, and they are the ones who taught her to always trying to improve and never stop learning.
Her ultimate goal is to be accepted in Society of Illustrator. It will be an honor and a turning point that changes her life, because she will be able to exhibit her illustration works through a popular and well known museum. Eventually she wants to continue to grow conceptually and expand her photo-realistic style. Hopefully one day she can become an internationally recognized artist and illustrator in her near future.
Wing Na Wong is currently studying the Master of Fine Arts in Illustration at Western Connecticut State University. She is a stay-at-home mom who has a burning passion for creating hyper realistic artwork and fusion of practical art projects with creative methods. Her passion started at an extremely young age, she found herself attracted to the drawing. She loved the idea of creating an image that included natural elements sprinkled with her own imagination. Unfortunately, life events took over and she found herself straying further and further away from the path she has always envisioned herself to take. Many years passed before she had the inspiration to pick up a pencil again. She would look back to her older drawings, thinking about the possibilities she could have had.
Wing Na Wong’s thesis is based on animals and taxidermy. Our animal kingdom is facing new extinctions every day and many of them are caused by humans. As such, it is our responsibility to bring more awareness to these issues and help them survive the changes caused by us. Her paintings serve as a reminder and a connections between the beauties of these animals and what they would be like if they were still with us today, and to ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to see these animals not just through taxidermy but in real life.