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Daily Inspiration: Meet Vanee Srikijkarn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanee Srikijkarn.

Hi Vanee, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I grew up drawing compulsively but laid that practice aside during college. A major life change in 2019 and then the COVID-19 pandemic drew me outside on long daily walks and hikes to process. I inevitably returned with sprigs and wildflowers in hand and had the urge to draw them as a means of being present and grateful for the little things in life. Once I got started, I continued drawing every day. It felt something like a return to myself. I began envisioning a way to work doing something I love. I established Vanee.Ink in 2020, focusing mainly on pen and ink art, prints, stationary, commissions and licensing.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I love the independence, variety and flexibility of running my own company. Past experience with small businesses gave me a clear picture of the self-motivation and multi-faceted roles required for entrepreneurship. I appreciate working from home to be present to my kids. The primary struggle of working for myself has been the isolation of not having any co-workers to work alongside. There’s also been a steep learning curve, especially in digitizing and the ins and outs of the licensing world.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I currently specialize in detailed, realistic pen and ink drawings. I am known for botanic and wildlife illustrations, architectural renderings and mini art. My work is also well suited to tattoos. I’m especially thankful for the commissioned work helping clients pay tribute to meaningful moments, places or relationships in their lives. My attention to detail and precise drawing style is what sets me apart.

What makes you happy?
So many things make me happy. I feel particularly happy when I find ways to exist authentically and presently in the here and now. Some of the ways I find to do this are: fine art, music, dance, writing, photography, being in nature, fly-fishing, and playing. If my art can help bring beauty and grounding to others, I’m over the moon.

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Image Credits
Vanee Srikijkarn, Kelly Dudash

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