1. Miriam Omar
Based in Kuala Lumpur, Miriam Omar's irresistibly vibrant work rich with textures and colours often depict Southeast Asian culture. Although Miriam's passion for arts was evident from a young age, pursuing it as a full time career took some doing, and she embarked on a career in marketing and business development for several years.
"I've always loved to draw and paint as a child but never took it seriously as it wasn't encouraged for me to do so. Even during Form 5, I had to write a letter to my school to allow me to take Art as an SPM subject. My family wanted me to work in the professional field as that was a safer career choice. I ended up working as a business developer and marketer in the arts/creative/fashion industry," recalls Miriam.
During this time, she started to draw and paint again as a creative outlet, and to manage stress and anxiety. Miriam posted some of her artwork on social media and soon began to receive commissions.
"From there I realised I could make this my side hustle, and continued to juggle both my day time job and art projects on the weekend for several years, doing portrait and fashion illustration commissions."