My name is Eric Yi Lin. I was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1981. My family moved to Irvine, California when I was 14. My parents ran a successful trading company selling garden furniture. My father designed most of the products himself, so I guess I got the artistic gene from him. However, instead of take over the family business, I stubbornly went on my own path to become an artist. I guess it’s the artist blood inside of me that makes me want to create something new, whether is art or career path!
After graduating from art school in 2007, I started to send out resumes and call companies for a job instead of settling for what’s handed to me. Since then, I worked from motion graphic design, illustration, film to digital art for video games. I thought I was doing well when I see my name in the credit roll of Halo 5. However, as an artist, I long for a personal connection. Making art for video games is fun, but my art doesn't connect with people on a deeper level. After some thought, I realized that:
I want to remind people they are loved and accepted. I do this by creating art that connects them to their memories and experiences.
I like to hide behind desk and close door to produce artwork. I usually let my wife do the talking when we are with friends and relatives. But I want to connect to people who enjoy my art, and I can not do it by hiding in my cubicle! Here I am now, doing what I love – paint. As well as running this online joint - Café Watercolor. My choice of medium is watercolor. It’s a perfect medium to capture the atmosphere and bring life to the subject. Café Watercolor is a place where I can have a personal connection with you through my art, my story, and watercolor knowledge. I also teach watercolor through workshops, weekly newsletter/blog, and videos.
I am happily married to my beautiful wife Betty. We have 3 boys whom I love to bits despite they drive me crazy every day! I am in the beautiful city of Redmond in the evergreen state of Washington. Where beautiful sceneries inspire me every day.
Now you know who I am and what I’m about, contact me and tell me your story!