Tuk Boonsuan is the one who reminds me of the way of living in Northern Thailand .When we talked I could see the way she brought her dream to become an artwork .Therefore, if you want to tell about yourself with no boundary of a dream, she is the young one who can make you smile.
Many years ago I went to Chiang Rai to meet a famous artist with his exhibition “The Splendour of Nature Charoon BoonSuan.” I got the answer from his work: 'I believed in the concept that painting was not only by THINKING but also by DOING. And for my doing, I used colors from nature to be my guide. Because Painting is Colour.'
Tuk Boonsuan is his daughter-in-law who has become an artist to follow her dreams. I asked for an interview after I had seen her work.
JY: Please tell me about yourself, your education and the creative ways behind your artworks.
TB: My given name was Tassina Khamkaew. I was born in 1980. My hometown was in Sara Buri Province. After marriage, I moved to live with my husband’s family. My husband is Plub Boonsuan. He is the second son of Charoon and Pensiri Boonsuan. They lived in Lamphun Province. I officially changed my family name to Tassina Boonsuan, as a daughter-in-law of one of the most respected artists in Thailand.
The role of daughter-in-law. My primary duty is to look after everyone in the family, parents, husband and daughter, including many dogs that are raised for fun in the house. All of which has been mentioned here is my main job in the position of Boon Suan‘s daughter-in-law. I am grateful for the fate that has brought me into this family. A family that loves art is life. Just as I have had art in my heart since I was young as well. One day, when given the opportunity, I gradually expressed that love both in drawing and in various ways according to one's own understanding regardless of right or wrong. But I have no technical knowledge because I haven't studied art. One thing that is fortunate and of great value to the love of art is to be really close to the arts teacher, my father-in-law, Charoon Boon Suan This gave me the energy to do art with a positive feeling about myself.
I was born in Saraburi province, the middle of Thailand . My life was very simple in that rural area, surrounded by a natural way of living. I absorbed the happiness from my childhood. With that easy living I really loved arts from my perspective and tried to follow through my ambition to create that art from my younger years.
I didn’t choose to study arts, instead I studied Business Management at Rajamangala Institute of Technology, Ayuthaya Wasugree. But the arts are what I really love: all kinds of hand carving, painting, knitting, wood carving, sawing, sculpture. It depends on the material I have at the time. My work always comes from my plan and the suitable form for my intention. If I can not find the material or it is difficult to find, I keep it in mind with no problem.
Talk about arts. I mean everything in our universe: Art comes from the human mind which tries to create, to make the world more beautiful, give value and happiness to people. My arts try to capture the universal colour palette. huge with no boundary, fulfilling our thoughts and imagination.
JY: Tell us about The Secret Garden
TB: There are three examples from this work. The first one is an oil painting on canvas, a big painting, 135x 300 cm.
After I painted a small one, “Butterflies”, I tried to expand my dream to a big garden with beautiful flowers and butterflies that came to visit. It was from the backyard garden of my home nowadays, I dreamt to be Alice in Wonderland! In my view, if we have a happy heart our vision connects with nature.
The second one is “Doi Luang”. It excited me to go out and visit a very famous and big mountain named Doi Luang in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I really like the mountain. This time I had to paint it for real: very quiet place but full of power when we see Doi Luang through our heart.
The Third one was a Peacock sawing. I spent three months sawing the big peacock. I chose to saw on canvas. The model was from a male peacock named Yok (Jade). I found him at Srijai Art Studio Maethang Chiang Mai
On first meeting, I saw him laid on the printing machine, his green feathers mixed to blue. My inspiration was from his walking. Finally my painting was done.
JY: Two people in your family are famous artists, One is Charoon Boonsuan from Silpakorn University, and your husband Plub Boonsuan, Lecturer and Artist in Australia. What do you get from them?
TB: Charoon Boon Suan is my husband's father. When he found that I really liked to do the artworks, he suggested, “If you want to become a successful artist, you have to do it again and again.”
I believe in him, I have tried to make my day busy with hard work. This was the positive way to stay with my work. It was a good teaching, for me to feel happiness, to make things and dare to create my new artworks.
My husband, Plub Boonsuan, has a different artistic style. He graduated from The Australian National University. He is a lecturer at the university. His ideas and his vision are quite modern.
JY: What is your dream goal with art?
TB: I want to be a healthy woman and have ever-growing artistic power.