Kimlien Tran’s father did not want her to become an artist.
“Artists are starving,” he’d tell her. “You need to go to university and learn something.”
So Tran attended the University of Washington and majored in chemical engineering. Her dream of becoming a painter would have to wait.
But then she met her future husband, Khoa Lai, a fellow UW student studying medicine, who encouraged her to pursue a career in art. He told Tran to follow her dream and he’d support her.
She took his word for it and started practicing painting styles. Watercolor came first. Oil and pastel