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How saying ‘yes’ can lead to your next chapter

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed on The Wabi Sabi series podcast, hosted by Michelle Cox on “Finding your genius”. Michelle actually invited me on to her podcast quite a while ago but I delayed getting back to her because, to be honest, I wondered whether I had anything interesting or worthwhile to say!...
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Enjoyment vs Strategy

It’s been a big year of changes for me lately. I’ve moved house to Bayview in the northern beaches in Sydney. And I’m now painting out of a new studio, at the wonderful Atelier 9 Avalon. I must admit, both moves have been great for my psyche, productivity and creativity. I’m getting more done in...
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How to get clarity when all you can see is creative chaos

When you’re a creative, you might often crave clarity on your creative pursuits. For example: What should I write next in my story? Where should I focus my efforts? What should I paint next? The list is endless! This is compounded by the fact that we’re often surrounded by creative chaos. This is a period...
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How to boost your creativity and productivity

A while back, I visited an office where I was considering subleasing a space. It was stark, grey and devoid of any art. I knew straight away that it wouldn’t work for me. The main lessee – let’s call him John – said: “I like to keep the office environment free of distractions so that...
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The Art of Turning a Hobby Into a Career

I was honoured to be interviewed by Marina Go for Tonic magazine. A lifetime ago, Marina was editor of Dolly magazine back when entire generations of teen girls grew up on devouring that publication. She’s now a business leader, veteran publisher and board director of various major organisations. One of her initiatives is Tonic magazine,...
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New range of lifestyle products with Artshine Playground

I’m so excited to announce a collaboration with Artshine Playground who are offering a range of gorgeous lifestyle products featuring my artwork. From totes and wallets to backpacks and pencil cases, there are a wide range of products to choose from. You can find the full range here. By Valerie Khoo
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Always give in to your creative curiosity

I’m a big believer in the idea that you should always give in to your creative curiosity. That means when you feel something that piques your interest, let yourself explore. If you find yourself with a creative itch, scratch it. A lot of people will say that they don’t have the time to fit these...
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What happens if you fall short of your goal?

Ok, I concede defeat. A while back I started #the100dayproject where you are supposed to “explore your creativity” for 100 days. I decided to take it one step further and “create something new” every day for 100 days. Well, that was clearly silly…⁠ I went very well for the first 30 days and then hit...
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Your genius is what comes naturally to you.

Your genius is what comes naturally to you. It took me too long to understand this basic but profound tenet in life. And that’s because we’re unwittingly trained to resist this concept. For so long I thought that I should all improve on the things that did NOT come naturally to me. So I packed...
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My collaboration with Great Big Canvas

I’m so thrilled to announce my collaboration with Great Big Canvas. For a while now, I’ve received so many enquiries from art lovers in different countries but I’ll admit it’s been a logistical challenge to send prints/canvases to certain places. This collab means you can easily order artist-quality prints of my artwork and get them...
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TV shows to inspire textile and surface designers

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I do love watching a good TV show. In fact, TV has been a great escapist activity in a period where we can’t travel or get our usual doses of real life inspiration. Sure, it’s not the same as the real thing – but it’s easy, free...
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Selected to be in the PLANTS Exhibition of the Royal Botanic Garden

One of my favourite places in Sydney is the Royal Botanic Garden. Perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour, it’s a stunning place that’s ideal for a picnic, Shakespeare in the Park or a stroll through the beautiful gardens. So I’m honoured that two of my artworks have been selected to feature in the PLANTS...
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Tim Cahill’s portrait for Jeans for Genes

What happens when you’re commissioned to paint a portrait of Australia’s most famous footballer – then COVID-19 hits?! And it’s impossible to arrange a sitting even for a brief period? How do you do justice to an artwork like this? That’s the predicament I found myself in recently.  Painting during a pandemic already has its...
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Begin living the life you’ve always imagined

Begin living the life you’ve always imagined. When I first saw that written down, it hit me like a tonne of bricks. I realised that so many of us – myself included – spend so much of our lives wishing for a different one. There’s nothing wrong with that because chances are that you have...
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Who do these jeans belong to – and why am I holding them?

Why am I holding this pair of jeans? And who in the world do they belong to? They are part of a commission I’m working on to paint a portrait of legendary former professional footballer Tim Cahill, who is the all-time leading goalscorer for Australia. In addition to the Socceroos, he’s played for Millwall, Everton,...
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‘This is what I want you to know’

I’m grateful to Business Chicks for featuring me in their special feature ‘This is what I want you to know’ in a recent issue of Latte magazine. It featured advice from a handful of women and I was humbled to be included. In case you didn’t get a copy, here’s what I mentioned in the...
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