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ABOUT

 
 
 
 

Queenie Wong, a self taught Canadian artist better known as Coco Bee, draws upon her studies in Psychology and her passion for watercolours to create thought-provoking abstract paintings and short films. Having completed her undergraduate studies in Neuroscience and Psychology (B.Sc.), Queenie is presently completing her Master’s studies (M.Sc.) conducting clinical research under the Department of Medicine in Psychiatry.

A period of sadness and suffering led her to adopt philosophies from mindfulness and art therapy for personal healing. Painting became her solace and the foundation in which she rebuilt her identity. Her paintings elicit feelings of freedom, gentle relaxation, and joy in her audience. Having experienced first hand the powerful effects of art on mental health, it became Queenie’s mission to share her artwork in hopes to heal, inspire, and transform the lives of others.

Along with continual pursuits in the field of Medicine, Queenie makes short films to raise awareness and to fundraise for humanitarian and non-profit organizations, including art therapy programs for paediatric cancer patients like PCA and Aga Khan Foundation Canada for awareness of global poverty. By corroborate painting with cinematography, music, and poetry, Queenie’s short films become an un-invasive yet a powerful and compelling medium for storytelling. It is her greatest hope to use her aspirations of becoming a doctor and artist to not only help transform human pain into triumph but to also leave the world a little better than before. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

curriculum-vitae

 


S O L O  exhibitions

Coco Bee Art 100k Subscribers Celebration, Youtube Toronto Studios, Toronto, Canada, 2017
Subsconcious Mind, Le Virunga, Montreal, Canada, 2016


G R O U P  exhibitions
Together Art, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Touring Exhibition, Canada, 2016

The Inspired, Fridge Door Gallery, Montreal, Canada, 2015

Pieces of Mind Art Exhibition, Thomson House/ McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2014


P R E S S

Understanding Your Sensitive Self, Interview, 2016

Doodlewash Featured Artist, Interview, 2016

 

P H I L A N T H R O P Y

CIBC Rune for the Cure, Canadian Breast Cancer Society, Oct 2017

 

P U B L I C A T I O N S

 

Wong, Q. (2015, November) Conquistadora, Ink and Watercolor on Cold Press Paper, 2015. (Contributing artist). Digital Submission. F-word Montreal, Issue IV, pp 31.

Wong, Q. (2015, December) Floral Fractals, Watercolor on Cold Press Paper, 2015. (Cover artist). Digital Submission. Artist Anonymous Zine, Volume 6, Issue 1.

 

frequently asked questions

 

Materials

 

1. What art supplies does you use/ where can I buy them? 

Here's a list of supplies I commonly use in my videos :) 
 

2. What watercolours brand/ brushes/ paper do you recommend?

Whichever brand that can get you started! Afterwards, I would say whichever brand that can best help you achieve the effect you want. For example, I prefer PWC's orange over Winsor Newton's because I like my orange to have a higher quality of transparency. Does that mean I would recommend PWC? Not particularly, as Winsor Newton's turquoise is very pretty :) Each brand has it's own strengths and weaknesses. Envision the results you want and then search for the brand that can best help you achieve that.
My present roster of supplies can be found here. I am not sponsored by any of these brands, they just happen to be the ones I had access to. I'm sure they will change as I grow as an artist :)  

 

3. Tubes or Pans ? 

I've known people to create their own mix of colours from tubes which is a plus. You can also replace colours you use more often by buying a single tube of that colour opposed to buying a whole set. Pans you typically purchase in sets, which is great if you're starting off and don't know which colours to buy. I use both :) 

 

Personal

 

1. Do you plan before you paint or are you more experimental?

For abstract work, I typically ask myself which colours I want to use today and which brush I like to paint with. I then find a song that I feel best represent my present mood and soak it in for a few minutes before painting. Abstract painting for me is all about the process, the experience of the present moment, and the exploration of possibilities. 
If the piece is semi-abstract or commissioned work, I do like to plan something in my mind beforehand. I try not to envision too tightly what I want the results to be like, as I find it a bit restricting for watercolours. I may, for example, visualize the eye to be midway through the page, warm colours, but exactly how the feather will play out, I let the painting process guide me. More detailed work I may try on a separate page before integrating into the main piece. 
 

2. What is your source of inspiration? 

It could be anything really, as there is beauty in everything as long as we have the patience to look. I find it easiest to be inspired by new music (this is my search playground), the colours that dance in the sky particularly during sunrise and sunset, the wind in the leaves, a delicious piece of cake with ice-cream hahahah. 

 

3. How did you find your style?

This is probably the easiest and hardest question to answer. I developed my style by knowing who I am. Accepting and appreciating the things I like, the medium and colours I naturally gravitate towards and the way I paint. Just by allowing myself to be completely me. There's a space and brilliance in accepting yourself as you already are. This honesty, the "you do you boo" is the core of my work.  It sounds very philosophical but that realization was the 'ah-ha' moment that started me on my path. Of course, I am constantly learning and growing. Know who you are, create for yourself, in a medium that best expresses your ideas and I think you're well on your way to finding your style.

 

4. Can you paint/ do a tutorial on.....?

Of course! Let me know your ideas! I love experimenting, learning, and most of all being able to share my journey with you. Please don’t hesitate to ask me anything you would like to know. I love having the chance to connect with you :)