My name is Rayna and I am an artist living in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. I am a calligrapher, illustrator, and educator.

My life has been a series of games and I played the corporate game of pharmaceutical regulations and supply chain for 10+ years. Yes, it only took me a decade to figure out it was not for me. It was one of those games I thought I had to play and I was too scared to start a different one. Thanks to the encouragement of my loved ones and some planning, I quit in early 2019 to pursue art.

I love the new game I’m playing! I’m learning new rules, unlearning old habits, and developing sketches for my new life. I’m enjoying the process of self-introspection and figuring out how I want to self-express myself through art. I realized this self-expression was something I denied myself while playing the corporate game and now that I have embraced myself as an artist, I want to use my voice for issues I care about.

I was born in Chicago, Illinois and have a Taiwanese heritage that is very much alive in me. I took this for granted though. I locked up my rich cultural history and it was losing equity sitting in the closet. Desperate to connect to my heritage, I practiced traditional Chinese calligraphy. In a world where the simplified Chinese writing system is the majority, I wanted to give voice to my Taiwanese heritage through embracing traditional calligraphy. My goal is to ensure my culture does not stop with me; if fact, I want it to thrive while living far away from the motherland.

I am grateful that I am in the privileged position to have my culture so easily accessible. The world can be a scary place and I am saddened that other cultures are oppressed and on the verge of extinction. I have gained a sense of responsibility to preserve my culture and appreciate who I am.

Not only is preserving traditional arts important to me, but ensuring we have a future to pass it along to is equally important. I explore traditional arts but I also illustrate issues that threaten our existence through both traditional and modern aesthetics. Few of my practices are to use sustainable suppliers and donate a percentage of profits to environmental charities. We are never too small to make a difference. What is the point of preserving culture if we cannot offer it to the next generation?

Anyway, I am a work in progress and this is where I am at this very moment. For those that are reading, I wish you full self-expression in whatever sparks a light in you.

Thanks for stopping by and getting to know me! Please don’t hesitate to contact me for questions.

Love, Rayna

In the Press

Click here to read my interview with the Boston Voyager!

Click here to check out my profile on Widewalls!