“When you have the knowledge that you are really, really loved, you live life a different way.”
Sophie Hsin | Artist | 25 | @sophie_hsin
I first found Sophie on Instagram, where her stunning (seriously, stunning) artwork captured my heart.
Her use of white space, meticulous creativity and vivid concepts inspired me day-after-day.
So when I met up with her, I was surprised by how incredibly open, down-to-earth and humble she was.
No fancy, no frills. All real.
Originally from Taiwan, Sophie moved to Vancouver less than a year ago.
She was torn — she had just finished medical school, but knew deep down that she wanted to be an artist.
So she dropped everything to chase a dream. “I felt so hopeless in hospitals. I wanted to create.
Sometimes I think I’m crazy, but I have to keep going. There’s no going back for me.”
We spilled open our hearts on Sunset Beach, and I dove layer after layer into her intriguing life.
She’s a pianist, violinist and guitarist. She sings at soup kitchens with her church.
She teaches art therapy to autistic children. And one day, she wants to write books for kids.
She pulled out Eric Carle’s “Mr. Seahorse” and I giggled— I had never seen that in a purse before.
Coming from similar backgrounds, we reminisced on our traditional Asian upbringing (and our resulting perfectionist tendencies). She told me stories of scootering down sketchy streets to visit the Ming Tombs and I admired her the way I would a (much cooler) older sibling.
When we left, the sun had already set. We took the bus home and hugged as we parted.
Something she said lingered on in my mind:
“Be bold about trying new things. You never know what’s going to happen.”
And I thought, “That’s the best part.”