"My family and friends call me by my nickname, Ae, but my full name is Benjawan Sangngernchai. I was born on August 29, 1967 in Lamphun, and I am the eldest sister. I'm very lucky, because my parents have always understood my passion for art. They never discouraged me. On the contrary, they've always supported my pursuit of a career in the art world. They are so supportive, that they motivate me. <br><br> "I studied at the faculty of Fine Arts at Rajamangala University of Technology. Since I've graduated, I have been dedicated to art full time, exploring different fields within the realm of art: painting, sculpting collectible dolls, and designing home decor items. Art is such an intrinsic part of my life. I am happiest when I'm creating, and it makes me feel so relaxed. <br><br> "I have exhibited my work throughout Chiang Mai, including the <i> Tham Heet Thoy Hoy Sala Lanna </i> ("Follow the Lanna Artisan") exhibition at the Chiang Mai University Art Museum on three occasions, and the <i> Chom Nah Sillapin </i> ("Artist's Face") exhibit at the Srisom Galleria. <br><br> "One of the most challenging projects I have worked on was creating a written map of a "Night Safari," and the project that brought me a deep sense of accomplishment was my group thesis project for the Laluna Gallery, which we sold immediately. <br><br> "When I paint, my intention is to evoke a powerful sense of happiness. I focus on what doesn't work until I make it work. I use the powder sand technique with my paintings, and I draw inspiration from the environment that surrounds me. My hope for the future is to participate in a big, national exhibition, and to win an important contest. <br><br> "Working in the art world, I feel very enthusiastic about exhibiting my work through a different media such as Internet. I feel very excited about the idea of a person looking at my work from a different part of the world than mine. I think Novica's website offers me the best opportunity to exhibit my work online, because I like the idea that it is in the company of other pieces of arts and crafts from around the world. This makes me very happy, and I welcome you to visit my work on Novica."