The Heroine Journey of Teresa Celine

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The best thing that I love is when I got the chance to show my works to people. I hope my paintings can inspire others.

What is my idea of happiness?

Happiness is simple. Spending some time with your family, playing with your pet, every single moment you feel proud of yourself, the call of a long lost friend, eating ice cream and so on. Happiness is in you.

What is my greatest fear?

Losing someone. Losing someone that I love is my greatest fear.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I acknowledge that I hate being ignored. I find this my most deplorable quality because I fear it makes me appear weak. I pride myself on many things, but my need to be acknowledged has created many awkward situations in my life. It riddles me with self-doubt. It often turns easy social encounters into difficult and uncomfortable ones.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Oh there are so many of them! But my favorite artist is 马小伟 (@maxiaowei_artist)

What is my greatest extravagance?

Acrylic paints

On what occasion would I lie?

When I help someone else.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I sometimes find my works are not as good as my expectations. I ended up abandoning or throwing them away.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I’m always happy when I paint.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I am very hard on myself; I’m ambitious, and I always want everything to be perfect so I get stressed out easily. I’m also inflexible with tasks I have set myself. I’m trying to change them, but it’s hard.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Being appreciated by many people. Last July 2021 I finally made an art account to show my artworks and support other artists. I didn’t expect much, was just hoping my friends and classmates might support me. But after a few months, I made it to 2000 followers internationally! I am beyond thankful knowing people noticed and appreciated my art. I also made many new friends from all over the world.

Where would I most like to live?

Probably in a city. I like to see city lights at night.

What is my most treasured possession?

Anything that my parents and grandparents gave me.

What is my most marked characteristic?

I am very clumsy.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

Restaurants and cafes. They have unique aesthetics that sometimes inspire me.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Definitely at home. My mom cooks delicious meals.

What books influenced my life and how?

I’ve read so many books, but honestly none of them influenced my life.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

A Million Dreams

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

That is, forever and ever, Mulan.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My parents are my true heroes.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

“The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006)

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

That means we have the freedom to write our own story. We can choose whatever we want to be and how our story will go.

Who’s my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

I believe my grandparents are my greatest fans. I started drawing when I was just two or three years old. Whenever I went to their house I always draw on a piece of paper for fun, but they always ended up hanging on the wall. They always say my drawings are beautiful and wish to see them more. Grandparents play an irreplaceable role in my life.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022?

I have no plans for working in companies, and I don’t have any specific people to work with right now.

What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on?

I have no big plans for this year, but I always look forward for commissions.

Where can you see me or my work in 2022?

You can see them in my Instagram art page, @celine.artist

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Everyone has a passion. Passion is what motivates us. Passion plays a huge role in happiness, otherwise we might get stuck in a routine and lose sight of the important things. Passion never dies, we just sometimes forget it.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?

@mauryvivas_art (on Instagram). I think he’s a great artist and deserves more exposure.

How can you contact me?

Hit me on Instagram, @celine.artist!

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