An overwhelming urge overcame Enoch Cheung Hong-sang, who knelt for many hours splashing paint and arranging photos until his view of a forlorn city came to life on 10 large cardboard sheets. 'There was not a soul in the city, and I was surrounded by a haze of neon lights and glaring skyscrapers,' says the graphic designer, recalling the week when he had to work until midnight in Central. 'It was such a big contrast with the buzzing peak hours, and the feelings of loneliness were so strong I felt compelled to draw.' With a constant desire to create, the 35-year-old is a mixed media artist deeply involved in part-time teaching and exhibitions. He only began his art training after Form Five, with most of his secondary education on science subjects. He built networks, learned how to paint and developed a passion for art from visiting galleries. He gained his bachelor's and master's degrees in arts through long-distance education. 'Art, to a certain extent, is no less accurate than science because it depicts the nature of beings,' Cheung says. In Hong Kong, it is a common belief that art is exclusively for the well-educated middle class, or it is just about painting beautiful pictures, he says. 'That is totally wrong. Art is actually a form of communication. People in the city need art. In work, relationships and many real life situations, we always have to compromise our ideas and suppress our feelings to avoid conflicts. 'However, through arts, one can speak thoughts without having to fight or compromise. You don't have to prove you are right or impose yourself on an audience, and neither will the audience feel the need to defend themselves.' Hoping to share his outlook, the artist has rented a 600 sq ft flat in Foo Tak Building, an old commercial block, in Wan Chai. The studio is now home to many artists, aiming to cultivate an art community in the city. He has been inviting people to organise cultural events, including a book club and painting workshops. The studio would also be open to artists who want to display their works. 'Each person has his/her own encounter with arts. Through sharing, we may see things through other people's eyes,' Cheung says. 'It will be a journey to discovering more about oneself, about other people and about the world. 'And when ideas are being passed from person to person, the people who create the ideas become immortal. This kind of immortality is what keeps drawing people to art. 'It is my life's ambition to create art works which make a lasting impression on people.'