Art Lift - Oct 05 2020
Steve is a well-known local artist in San Francisco. He lives a leisurely and happy life, but to our surprise, his previous life consisted of being a veterinarian.
He said that the past was too bitter and did not want to look back, but now he just wants to be grateful for the present. In the end, what kind of life must he have experienced so that his art comes through as warm, delicate, and straightforward? His works glimmer with boldness and vibrancy, just like the warm California sunshine.
Putting down the scalpel and picking up the paintbrush
01 From passion to desperation
In high school, Steve was obsessed with riding horses and dreamt of becoming a vet. But afterward, he discovered that it is one thing to ride a horse, but it is another thing to treat one.
So then he resolutely gave up farm animal medicine and turned to pet medicine. What he never expected were the challenges that came with it.
According to the Washington Post in 2019, the suicide rate of veterinarians in the United States is three times the national average of other occupations. 1 in 6 veterinarians has considered suicide; this high rate is due to fierce competition in running a business, the high pressure of holding an animal’s life in their hands, and working extremely long hours. Another key factor is that veterinarians are often forced to act as funeral directors to euthanize animals, which will cause them to fall into ethical conflicts and moral dilemmas -- ordinary people cannot imagine mental torture.
In 1996, his pet hospital declared bankruptcy. After 25 years, even after saving countless animals while being in tremendous mental stress, Steve’s life was thrown into a desperate situation.
There is a time when through desperation springs a well of life. With Steve’s professional experience and reputation in the industry, he accepted the invitation of the largest humanitarian aid agency in the United States to start training a new generation of young surgical animal doctors.
Every day together with the new generation of doctors, he felt the tremendous hearth of of goodwill and love allowed him to feel the harmony of everything in the world.
"Three years ago I was in France. A year ago in Spain,as well as Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, Bilbao..."
Traveling to palaces of art, Steve looks radiant every time he talks about it. His eyes shine, just like the flower of art blooming in its home.