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Artist Statement:

My art is an existentialist expression of my state of mind and emotions.  My style is a cross between the Impressionists and Expressionists.  Color and texture drive me, and evoke my compositions. I work in layers, and it is through the application of layers that I build my paintings. Often when I start, I'm completely blank and by applying layers of color, I begin to build a composition.  Sometimes, I'm influenced by current events which comes through my art; often it is regarding environmental issues. I usually draw my inspiration from nature which is an integral part of my life and lifestyle.  At times, art becomes merely a physical process as the application of paint energizes me to create. I find life beautiful and like to make art its mirror image.

Bio:

Born in Iran, I left for college on the cusp of the Iranian Revolution to the United States when I was 18 years old. I received my B.A in Studio Art from Smith College in Northampton, MA. During my tenure at Smith, I focused mainly on painting, design and color theory. After earning my degree from Smith, I left for France and lived in Paris for a few years during which I took courses at the Ecole du Louvre and Sorbonne.

 

I eventually moved back to the US and settled in the Washington DC area. I worked in different entrepreneurial capacities. Once my children were older and had left for college, I started working professionally on my art. I established my studio and started receiving commissions. I began exhibiting both solo and in group shows.

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