I was drawn to art at a very early age and was greatly inspired by my late grandmother, the artist Fahrelnissa Zeid. Although I was only 10 years old when she passed away, I have vivid memories of the times I spent in her captivatingly colorful home/studio. As a child, I was mesmerized by her paintings, which covered every visible surface- walls, ceilings and even floors. Surrounded by her art, I had no choice but to surrender to its infinite beauty and interpretations. The dazzling kaleidoscope of colours and forms had a lasting effect on me and my approach to art throughout my life, asI feel i have inherited her love of colour, texture and bold expressive lines.
For me, the artistic process is much more important than the actual product - the creation of the piece and how much of yourself is poured into the work and how much you receive in return as an artist is far more significant than the final physical outcome. I often approach the blank canvas with no predetermined plan and paint impulsively, guided by an inner force, emotion or mood. Sometimes I end up painting something completely different from what I had in mind. In fact, the painting guides me and tells me what it wants in a visual conversation. I reach a certain point in the process where I find that I am no longer in charge, because I’ve created something that has come alive, and that something is now directing me- so I surrender to the authority of my work.