Growing up in Korea, art was my first love, and my dream was to become an artist. Unexpected circumstances led me to move to the U.S. at age 16. Without speaking any English and with no one to rely on, I felt I needed to find a different career that offered security to support myself and help others. I decided that I would want to become a physician, although it felt like an impossible dream. After many grueling years, while learning English and supporting myself, I received my M.D. and residency training from Yale. I have had a very successful and fulfilling career as a physician. But I never gave up on art, and I studied it whenever I could while practicing medicine and raising two children.
For the past 10 years, I've had an amazing career as a physician-artist. I've had numerous exhibits and received much recognition. In 2021 I will be showing my artwork in the International Exhibits in Milan (March), New York (August), Paris (September), Luxembourg (September), Brussels (November), and Miami (December).
As a physician, I witness a lot of human suffering, and my goal is to lessen the physical suffering. My mission as an artist is to bring Beauty, Joy, and Optimism amidst the darkness in the world. My colors are bold, vibrant, and beautiful. My message in my art is to live life to the fullest with passion, because life is indeed a precious gift.
"It's here! I opened the package and your painting took my breath away. Wow! In person, it brought tears to my eyes. Your art is beautiful."Megan J
"I received your ocean paintings today. They are stunning!"Susan R
"Absolutely beautiful! Your painting invites a feeling of peace and hope" Roclo R.
"I absolutely love your painting!" Nina R.
"Your paintings are unbelievable!" Shari T.
"Oh my gosh, this is amazing!" "So inspiring!" Boni L.
"Your artwork is just brilliant simply brilliant!" Artxhj
"Keep making the world a better and more beautiful place!" Bruce T.
Those who have seen my artwork describe it with many wonderful and effusive adjectives –
“Amazing!”, “Healing!”, “Absolutely beautiful!”, “Stunning!”, “Brings joy”, “Love your work!”, “Vibrant!”, “Passionate!”, “So colorful!”, “Brightens my day!”
"I am living proof of an American Dream" Authority Magazine, February 2021
"Be willing to assimilate" Thrive Global, February 2021
Physician Outlook Magazine, May 2021
Podcast interview with Chris Loo, MD/ PhD May 2021
Live Stream Interview with Elsie Koh, MD May 2021
WomanScape, June 2021"The Impossible Dream"
417 Magazine, June 2021
Dare to Dream Physicians podcast interview with Weili Gray, MD, July 2021