As an adult Waiwai managed to spend several years learning the basics of botanical illustration herself through reference books while pursuing a career as a flight attendant in Hong Kong. After moving to Singapore with her family, she completed a 2 year distance learning diploma course provided by the UK-based Society of Botanical Artists. She not only graduated with a distinction but also received the Award of Excellence for obtaining the highest marks in the history of the course.
Waiwai is currently working on a major commission project with the Singapore Botanic Gardens, painting the heritage trees of the gardens.
Waiwai works in both watercolour and graphite mediums. She has a special passion for illustrating South East Asian flora as they are subjects closest to her environment and heart.
Waiwai accepts commissions. If interested, please send your enquiries to waiwai.hove@gmail,com