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!
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.