Gaa Wai

Hello! Welcome to Gaa Wai! Here, you can follow my personal journey as an amateur artist and my thoughts on the visual world.


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I was born and raised in California, USA, and I currently reside in the Central Valley. I have an English and a Chinese name, but I’m using my Chinese name because I think it sounds pretty… and I’m being sentimental.

or “Gaa” means “family” 

瑋 or “Wai” is a word for a particular kind of jade; metaphorically, it can mean “valuable.” 


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I’ve had small creative bursts ever since I was a wee thing, and then I had a continuous flow of creativity from 2008-2010. From 2010 to 2017, I drew very little and eventually stopped altogether, because… well, I needed some “me” time.

But I’m back now and with a vengeance… maybe.


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If you’re new to this site, you can look for older posts, by using the menus at the bottom of every page. Or you can browse by category.

GW includes posts in which I share my own work.

Copy includes posts in which I share copies of others’ work.

Caffeinated includes posts in which I talk about books from my own personal library.

For a general overview of each category, click on the links (Gaa Wai, Copy and Caffeinated) in the menu bar at the top of each page.

I hope you enjoy your stay here, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me using my Contact form. Or you can send me an email via