March – Paul Shin

We’d like to introduce you to Paul Shin, our prompt creator for March.

Paul was born and raised in Gwangyang on the southern coast of Korea. After a brief period at medical school in Seoul, he decided to take a leap of faith and move to the US, where he lived, studied, and worked for six years between New York and Los Angeles.

From his early 20s, Paul has been interested in the healing power of creative and artistic expression. Having personally experienced both the physical and mental benefits of writing, movement, and painting, he has turned this perspective into a life path. Paul currently runs his own practice in Daejeon, Olive Art Therapy Center, where he helps clients, on an individual and group basis, explore and grow by engaging in meaningful and expressive communication.

Paul and his husband are active members of the Daejeon LGBT community and together run an inclusive bar in Mannyeon dong, Bonfire. He is also soon-to-be-certified as an instructor in Animal Flow, a physical movement style with similarities to yoga, capoeira and callisthenics.

His experiences as both an outsider living in a different country, and also native to a country in which he is marginalised, have shown Paul the importance and validity of authentic and reflective personal expression. While this may seem like something easily achieved, he has found through his work that it is something that requires deliberation and intention.   

“Prompts are a really great way to explore your own inner world. From there you may discover something new that you didn’t know about yourself or something from your past, long forgotten, and be able to experience it from a new perspective.  The act of drawing itself is also helpful to release and process your stored energy in a safe and creative manner. Also, and most importantly, it’s fun! I hope these words will lead you down some interesting paths that may ultimately guide you home…” – Paul Shin

Use the daily drawing challenge to:

  • Develop a skill or a technique you are interested in
  • Play with new techniques
  • Unwind and focus on one thing at the end of the day
  • Challenge yourself to do something consistently for a year
  • Connect with other people who are joining the challenge