We had the good fortune of connecting with Sue Ann Pham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sue Ann, why did you pursue a creative career?
Honestly, I pursued art because I simultaneously love and was good at it. Painting, drawing, and being creative were skills that always came naturally to me, but I never thought these skills could ever earn a living. For a long time, I was scared at the thought of pursuing the path of a “starving artist”, due to its unpredictable nature. A lot of factors played into me finally saying “screw it” and just kind of leapt into pursuing a lifestyle that was both scary yet exciting. One key moment I remember was in class, where my professor gave a lecture about how people should pursue a job that they are good at because life would be more enjoyable if you did things that you were naturally skilled at, versus spending a lifetime doing something you weren’t good at. Ever since I decided that I was going to be an artist, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I like to make art that is colorful, fun, incorporating geometric and flowing shapes inspired by nature to produce an organic and mysterious composition. I specialize in children’s illustration as well as environments, and I like to add in some flair to give them a characteristic feel and vibe, which makes them unique. I also spend a lot of time picking out colors and thinking about the line and shape. I also typically do research according to what I’m going for, which aids me when I’m working on a project for a client.
I’m most excited when I’m starting a new project, and the project I’m most proud of is my “Girls of Nowhere” series, which were all inspired by themes of change and balance.
I began my art journey with traditional painting and drawing, and then gradually transitioned into digital art, which is what I specialize in. It wasn’t an easy journey for sure, a lot of the times I gave up on having a social life, or I felt like I wasn’t doing a good enough job. I overcame these feelings of doubt by just continuing doing what I was doing and keeping busy.
I learned that patience and persistence are the key.
My goal is to make art that resonates universally with everyone. That is completely all inclusive and radiates positivity and hopefully puts a smile or invokes a thought in someone!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would probably take them to the art museum.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicated this to my boyfriend and my family, who have been super supportive and encouraging every step of the way!