Ch’ng Mei Yen (1973) —whose name coincidently means ‘beautiful swallow’—specialises in painting birds.
Using acrylics to create her pieces, Mei Yen paints her subjects in admiration for their ability to “come and go, [and] fly from one place to another freely”. She believes that birds will always make an appearance in her artwork, even if she explores different ideas in the future. She enjoys working with colours.
While Mei Yen spends the day working at a multinational company—with more hours spent outside work—she prefers to see herself as a full-time artist. She started painting at a young age and continued to paint for fun while studying for a degree in Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, Canada.