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Fabulous People: Sherry Ying Ruden

Sherry Ying Ruden is a Seattle-based mixed media artist whose innovative use of traditional Chinese rice paper, paint and ink with cold wax has gained her widespread recognition. Learn about Sherry Ying Ruden…

Follow at: @sherry.ricepaperart

Hometown: Shanghai, China

First job: Accountant

Favorite ways to spend your free time in WA: I love practicing yoga, playing pickleball and strolling through Seattle’s waterfront neighborhoods and parks. Exploring new restaurants with friends adds a delightful touch to my leisure moments.

Your biggest accomplishment and why: My biggest accomplishment is balancing a career as a UX designer with my passion for art. Juggling both roles for over a decade was challenging but immensely rewarding. My first solo show in 2020 was a pivotal moment that reaffirmed my belief in the power of perseverance and dedication.

The biggest obstacle you overcame: The biggest obstacle I overcame was navigating language barriers as an immigrant from China. Communication is essential in both my roles as a designer and an artist. Overcoming this challenge required adaptability and a willingness to learn.

Someone who inspires you and why: Isamu Noguchi. He is an immigrant who bridged the cultural gap between the East and the West, and his art embodies a profound truth and simplicity that resonates deeply with me.

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: With determination and hard work, anything is possible. Embrace the journey of continuous growth, understanding that artistic practice is a daily pursuit. Stay committed to honing your craft, exploring new techniques and never lose sight of your passion and purpose.

Favorite quote: “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” —Alan Watts

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I initially worked as an accountant before being accepted to Shanghai University of Fine Art. Additionally, I wrote HTML and CSS code while working in UX design.

What makes someone fabulous: Someone’s authenticity, passion and resilience. Fabulous individuals are comfortable in their skin and have a zest for life that inspires others.

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