Hi! I am Rayna.
I am an artist living in Boston, Massachusetts, USA (the indigenous land of the Mashpee Wampanoag, Aquinnah Wampanoag, Nipmuc, and Massachusett tribal nations).
I am a calligrapher, illustrator, & educator.
I was born and grew up in Chicago, IL (the indigenous land of the Council of the Three Fires–the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations tribal nations). I am a child of Taiwanese immigrants.
Before embracing myself as an artist, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 10+ years.
During these years, I felt like I was performing based on expectations others had of me. And what I thought success looked like. For a very long time, I tried my hardest to fulfill the avatar that was created for me.
But no matter how much I grew in this career, there was always a part of me that felt empty. I was always stressed out and mentally drained. I was constantly breaking out! My poor skin took a beating.
Feeling lost and unhealthy, I decided to start over. I left my job to work on personal development through my passion for art—the part of me that I ignored for so long.
I had to learn new things, unlearn old ways, and be comfortable with the ominous unknown. I had to rewire my thinking to prepare myself for this new journey.
I am finally allowing myself to discover a part of me that I have locked away. I am finally cultivating this untapped reservoir of creativity.
Through art, I am processing my personal experiences on what being Taiwanese American means to me. And through this exploration, I am finally allowing myself to develop my voice as an artist.
Through studying Traditional Chinese calligraphy and illustrating through westernized lenses, I am bridging traditional Asian and contemporary art.
And when I need a break from studying my Taiwanese culture, I like designing fun animals. Like my Bear Mindful characters.
Thanks for taking the time to get to know me. I would love to connect. Please find me on instagram at @rayna.lo or send me a message!
In the meantime, please be kind to yourselves.