Gaa Wai

Dear viewer,

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

I was born and raised in California, USA, and I currently reside in the Central Valley. I am using my common name in Chinese:

 or “Gaa” means “family” 

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

It’s phonetically spelled according to the Cantonese dialect, which is spoken in and around Hong Kong.

I’ve had small, occasional bursts of creativity, particularly from 2008-2010. Then in 2017, I decided to begin this blog, so I can keep everything in one place.

What I offer here may be sporadic, but I hope to grow as an artist and I’d like to share that journey with others.

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Some old drawings from my sketchbook and on free leaf. 

If you’re new to this site, you can look for older posts, by browsing the calendar, viewable at the bottom of every page. Or you can browse by category: GW (posts about my own work), Copy (posts about copying others’ work), and Books.

I hope you enjoy your stay here, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me by email via