We had the good fortune of connecting with Shenho Hshieh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shenho, how do you think about risk?
I think risk taking is important regarding one’s career. If the risk is something you really believe in, and you possess the privilege of engaging that risk, then it will most likely benefit you in the long run. Taking risks had initially caused struggles with my financial well-being, but in the end, the positives outshined the negatives. Risk taking had allowed me to pursue a career in illustration.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My personal work tries to depict stories of people in their daily lives. I believe everyday occasions, no matter how big or small, can be perceived as powerful moments. I worked for clients such as the L.A. Times and the Dallas Observer. Most of the illustrations I did were about portraits, relationships, and local events. Pursuing a career in illustration was not easy for me. The work came in very slowly, and I had to find other jobs to help pay the bills. In my spare time, I needed to practice my craft in order to become better at making images. Along my journey, I learned to be patient and not to be discouraged by other people’s success. All in all, I just want to make art for people to enjoy.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My wife and I really like taking strolls in Old Town Pasadena and grabbing a bite to eat for breakfast/lunch. We’ll probably swing by the Norton Simon Museum for some inspiration and head over to the Alhambra/San Gabriel area to eat something from a Chinese cafe or restaurant in the evening.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my wife, Limei. She’d always been there for me during my life struggles, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.
Paul Gonzales (Art Director @ LA Times) Jen Yamato (Writer @ LA Times)