Pawena was born in the countryside of Thailand surrounded by nature. She moved to the United States to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Since graduating, Pawena worked full time in the design industry for 15 years. When given the opportunity to pursue her love for the arts she founded Pawena Studio in 2015. Pawena lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband, also a graphic designer, and her two boys.