About Eric and Café Watercolor
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. Their company built its own factories in China and has grown to 650 full time employees, and over 1 million square feet of manufacturing and shipping space. My father designed most of the products himself, so I guess I got the artistic gene from him. However, instead of accepting the family fortune and take over the family business with my brother, 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, 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, videography to digital art for video games. I thought I was doing well when I see my name in the credit roll of Halo 5, until one day I woke up and decided that:
I want to create a piece of art that can give people the same experience when they hear their favorite song.
Doing business is not my thing. I like to hide behind desk and close door to produce artwork. You will find me hanging out in the balcony alone in a cocktail party. 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 do best – paint. As well as running this online joint - Café Watercolor. My choice of medium is watercolor. It’s a perfect medium to capture realistic atmosphere and bring life to the subject. Café Watercolor is a place where I can have personal connection with you who enjoy my art, sharing my story and watercolor knowledge.
I am now happily married to my beautiful wife Betty. We have 3 boys whom I love to bits despite they drive me crazy everyday! I am in the beautiful city of Redmond in the evergreen state of Washington. Where beautiful sceneries inspire me every day.
I want to paint what matters to you, and making connection with you through my art. I also teach watercolor through workshops, weekly newsletter/blog, and videos. Now you know who I am and what I’m about, contact me to let me know who you are! Follow me on Snapchat for more about me and my art!
My 9 year-old son loves to read. He could pick up a book and spend a long time on it. When he's done reading he would just lay the book down flat so he knows where to pick up next time. That leaves a lot of open books laying around our house. I tried to find a decent bookmark for him, but I just end up grabbing a scrap piece of paper...
Physical book is much like traditional painting. They both have this tangible, aesthetic quality to them. This bookmark set is for you to enjoy my art and your favorite read or your journal at the same time.
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Back in early 2015, I wanted to reach out to more people with my paintings. While internet is a great place to share my works, there's nothing more personal and intimate than owning a physical product from an artist. I spent the past year figuring out how to bring you the highest quality art and purchase experience! You don't have to settle for the mass produced prints. Each product you purchase here has my personal touch and care on it.
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I love to share what I know. Not only to benefit others but it also pushes me to produce more works and value! I have a weekly blog - Watercolor Wednesday, and monthly video on YouTube. If you find the content valuable, sign up and get my weekly newsletter and information about my upcoming live demo and workshop!
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