Known for her beautiful background paintings, Los Angeles-based artist Yaoyao Ma Van As boasts an impressive professional portfolio. In addition to her collection of commissioned work, the painter, illustrator, and “occasional animator” also creates charming personal pieces that explore the overlooked benefits of living alone.
Each playfully drawn depiction features a female figure (undeniably rendered in Ma Van As’ own likeness) demonstrating the perks of single life. Predominantly set inside her colorful, cozy house, the series presents the ins-and-outs of the character’s everyday life, which range from comical to heartwarming. Whether she’s hovering in front of the fridge searching for a midnight snack, unashamedly making a mess, or quietly sipping coffee, the solitary subject appears happy. And, with her adorable little dog by her side, she proves that living alone doesn’t necessarily mean one is lonely.
Ma Van As’ delightful illustrations are rendered in the artist’s distinctive style and characteristically colorful palette. If, like us, you love this aesthetic, you can purchase a print of most of her empowering pieces through her online shop.