MaryAnn Loo is a fine artist and illustrator from Singapore.
When she was 8 years old, she loved to draw and wanted to be an artist. However, she was encouraged instead to pursue something more practical, and hence forgot about her childhood dream. After attaining a BA in Psychology in 2006, MaryAnn explored her own self-expression as a TV/film/stage artiste, a set designer, and a songwriter. In 2008 she pursued another BA in Songwriting and Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. In her final semester, she enrolled in an “Introduction to Drawing” class, which rekindled her love for art and awakened the artist dream she had forgotten for 20 years.
For a year in Brooklyn, New York, MaryAnn struggled with several media to express her ideas through art. She was uncertain about herself as an artist, and returned to Singapore in June 2012 feeling extremely lost. Later that year, she enrolled in a life-coaching program that allowed her to reconnect to her creative side, and empowered her with confidence to express herself more authentically. With the support of a life coach, she organized and curated her first solo art exhibition within 2 months, which included creating 30 new paintings, and raising US$2,000 to cover the venue and reception costs. During this time, she was also interviewed on the local news and in a Reuters article. (To see event photos from her first solo exhibition, click here.)
Over her weeklong exhibition in February 2013, 17 paintings were sold, and she was also commissioned to illustrate a series of 3 children’s books. Since then she has sold over 100 paintings, illustrated 4 children’s books, painted 5 murals, and drawn over 100 portraits in her unique illustrative style. In 2015, MaryAnn was commissioned for the “Studio of Wonders” installation as part of the Noise Singapore Arts Festival. She also exhibited at the Daegu Art Fair in South Korea, where 3 of her paintings were sold. Recently, MaryAnn was one of the 3 artists who created designs for the 2016 Special Edition National Day EZ-Link cards.
MaryAnn is best known for her mixed media paintings and illustrations that depict the stories of penguins who can fly and have made their new homes in the clouds and in the sky. The sky is often a symbol of limitless possibilities, while the penguins, which are not creatures of flight in reality, represent dreams coming true and becoming the best version of yourself. This is what MaryAnn stands for as an artist – making her dreams a reality, living a life of passion, and uncovering freedom in creative self-expression. In the spirit of personal and artistic evolution, she has been actively exploring new concepts, ideas, styles and opportunities in her creative work.
And as a trained life coach, she also strives to inspire and empower others in their own journeys. Since 2014, she has led 2 groups of aspiring artists and art hobbyists to organize group exhibitions and showcase their artwork, hence manifesting their creative aspirations. She is also the founder of Creative Arts Exchange, a Meetup group intended for bringing creatives in Singapore together to live out their creative dreams, collaborate on projects and contribute to a vibrant local and international arts scene.