My name is Justin Chen. I really love Acrylic painting, it fits the style of the work I do. I feel that it is versatile when doing rendered paintings but also great with its opacity for illustrative works. Even acrylic paint pens are a great addition to when I paint. After I learned to paint with acrylic, it has been an ever-evolving medium for me. I was originally born on the East Coast and lived in New Jersey for about 10 years. Other than my parents, I have two older brothers. My brother, Josh, is at UCSB getting his master’s degree and is living at home. My other brother, Jesse, is getting his M.B.A. from Dartmouth all the way across the country. Also, we have an amazing German Shepherd named Jordan! He is the best, of course.
I came to OCSA because I wanted to be at OCSA because it has an emphasis on creativity and open-mindedness, even beyond the arts. It was such a change to be around other artists who are super talented and unique in their own talents. Even during the academic day, everyone here is an artist and we share that commonality in our daily conversations.
I will not be pursuing art as my college major.