A symbol of delicacy, beauty and life – flowers have always been a constant source of inspiration to many fantastic artists and Malaysia’s Hazel Tan is one such illustrator. For this full-time optometrist at a busy eye centre, drawing is a form of catharsis. The right emotional release through art brings balances her every-day life.
Her work is minimalist yet a breathtaking amalgamation of real flowers and fashion sketches. They are pieces that focus on what is necessary and blur out everything that isn’t, allowing her work to reflect all that she felt from within.
Hazel Tan’s artistic journey began unconventionally on her 27th birthday when a colleague gifted her a water-colour brush, which she has fondly named ‘Magic brush’ (deriving also her artistic alias HerMagicBrush). Soon, Hazel’s thirst to grow as an artist took over and she concentrated on perfecting her talent to create breathtaking naturalist art.
While certain pieces may take as little as 30 minutes, Hazel says there are days when she spends 24 hours or more on a piece.
Her masterpieces reflect originality and innovation. When asked what she would like her viewers to take from her pieces, she says,”I simply love to play and experiment with colours and designs. I want my work to encourage people to do the same.”
As for her advice to budding artists, Hazel says, “Strive for excellence, believe in your ability and work and channel negativity and discouragement into positive energy, to further improve yourself. Most importantly, never be afraid to try and keep learning.”