According to Tiffany Choong, the adage “Life is a marathon, not a sprint” holds true for artists. “It takes a lot of time, dedication and commitment to endure the course, and the course at times feels like a treasure hunt with the lights off. Having a vision and purpose has helped me to stay focused and motivated,” muses the Penang-born artist-illustrator.
When it comes to her art, Tiffany is clear about the intention. “It is to bring joy and celebrate life by giving a voice to nature and wildlife and shining light on certain topics to create enlightening conversations.”
In the following conversation with myeppo, Tiffany shares more of her lifestyle….
How have you adapted to life in the new norm?
We all have no choice but to adapt to the new normal in order to survive. I have used the time in lockdown to reset and to grow. I’m learning new skills via online courses and brushing up on skills that I need to survive this challenging time.
What has been the biggest lesson learnt during the pandemic?
To find joy and happiness within myself and not to solely rely on external stimulus such as going out, travelling and spending time with other people. For work, everything has gone digital and online now. It’s been a trend even pre-pandemic but the lockdown has accelerated this.
How do you achieve a work-life balance?
I’m an artist because I enjoy it, and it is a lifestyle that suits me. So it never feels like work!
What advice would you give to those who want to follow in your footsteps?
Perseverance, discipline and good time management.
What is your beauty routine like?
I don’t spend enough time on this. I pretty much wash, cleanse and go.
What are your must-have products?
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics, NuSkin Galvanic Spa, The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling solution.
Away from work, what forms of wellness do you indulge in?
Life is not always rosy and happy as perceived on social media. Sometimes, I do get anxious and depressed. To snap me out of a dark phase, I have these three techniques: Daily Ascension Meditation practice to align with the flow of the universe and to be aware and present; Daily sketching practice which is my art therapy as I draw my way to happiness; and finally, Breathing which controls moods and feelings.
What are your goals for the rest of 2021?
My goals are to grow my collector base and online presence, to find some fun new collaborations. For instance, the artwork I did for UMAMU Estate 2019 Sparkling MacAnn wine that was recently released in Australia. I also want to stay connected with other artists as it is important to be part of a community.
I’m taking part in a couple of group exhibitions this year in Penang. They are “Kecik Kecik” organised by Penang art district in collaboration with Hin Bus Depot and “Langur” organised by Penang State Art Gallery in August to raise awareness to protect the endangered Dusky Leaf Monkey.
Myeppo Talks To… is a weekly series in which we profile dynamic personalities. It is out every Monday. For more on Tiffany, follow her @bulanlifestyle_art on Instagram.