Credit: Colin Boyd Shafer

"Approaching art as therapy, I am particularly fond of painting abstract and creating forms and images in an attempt to express my understanding of love and life." 

Jum Jirapan is a Thai-American artist who lives in Alexandria, Virginia. She was born, raised, and educated in Thailand, and has an M.A. in TESOL from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She is fascinated by life, and always strives to understand and find a way to live it to the fullest. Jum found painting after conforming to the social norms of Thailand failed her. She painted her way out and now devotes herself to empower others through art and education.