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I wanted to create this piece as a reminder to myself and all medical students: to take a breath, to breathe. Oftentimes we forget to find beauty in everyday life, since we are all so involved in our  bustling workdays. We forget to take a pause during the day, to inhale and exhale with intention. When was the last time you looked up into the sky? Or the last time you put your bare feet into the earth, to feel the grass between your toes? I created this piece as a reminder to myself and others that there is magic in breathing. There is importance in being able to take a pause in life. To be present. To be alive. I created this piece with pen and I find calmness in being able to draw lines and patterns with intention, which is why my art is normally quite detailed as I find it enjoyable to work on each pen stroke.


Florence is Chinese, was born in Colorado but spent 12 years of her life growing up in Bangkok, Thailand. From a young age, she has always been in awe of art and how a blank piece of paper can be turned into something so beautiful. Art has always been a way for her to view the world in a different perspective, and a tool for her to express herself. She loves mixed-media, and her most recent endeavors have been to merge her love for art and her passion for medicine as one.

For more about Florence and her art, please go to her online portfolio which can be found at:

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Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Florence is a third year medical student at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado class of 2023. In 2018, she graduated from University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in biology with minors in chemistry and medical physics. She enjoys practicing Muay Thai, playing board games with friends, painting and taking her dog out for hikes in her free time.