"I would like to demonstrate my family's love and support through my compositions, which are shaped like a house, toys, and things from everyday life."
"My name is Rawikan Soontonsatthaporn, and I would describe myself as a cheerful person who enjoys having fun as much as encountering challenges. But on those days when I might feel tired or discouraged, I know I can turn to my family for their support. My father, Wisit, is a government official and my mother, Suwiporn Tammawan, is self employed.
"I was a rather mischievous boy when I was growing up, I liked painting on walls, and one day my mother caught me and I cried when told me off! Then, she bought me a box of colors and a drawing book and that's how I discovered my true love for painting. I started to take special art classes, which eventually took me to the Arts Faculty at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna. One of the proudest moments in my life has been getting my Bachelor's degree and knowing that my family was so proud of me.
"I have great reverence for Thai culture and traditions, and whenever I can I attend different ceremonies and festivities. The idea of leading a good life is of great inspiration to endure things. It is a goal because it encourages me to overcome difficulties I may have to face and it makes me aware of what I need to be patient for.
"My motto is to live according to reality, and never forget where I came from.
"The greatest challenge in my life is traveling to places I have never been to, so that I may gain more life experiences.
"I like to creating my color prints because they can be a story, a record of the impressive memory of the past, and a mental value. They remind me of happy memories with my family and the sense of warmth that I feel when I see them again. I would like to demonstrate my family's love and support through my compositions, which are shaped like a house, toys, and things from everyday life.
"The inspiration to create my color prints comes from impressions, love and the relationship with my family: objects and photos containing many memories. I can feel the various emotions of my youth when I’m printing. I create my style upon the composition of the pictures. As such, I have exhibiting my work in Chiang Mai since 2006."
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