Art that Celebrates World Beauty
I am a mixed-media artist born and raised in Ontario, Canada. I started cultivating my creativity as a child, drawing, painting or decoupaging something, much to my parents’ dismay. I've been a makeup artist for over 20 years, and COVID-19 gave me the chance to discover a new side of my artistry talents. I have a deep appreciation of facial structure, skin tones and textures which I am now expressing in the designs of my artwork with digital, painting and graphite sketching as my medium of choice.
My unique upbringing in both Pakistani/Indian and Canadian traditions has become a big part of the fabric of my life as a first-generation Canadian, although it was difficult to find myself within those boundaries. As a result, I strive to create art that uplifts, provokes reflection, and reflects on global beauty, especially in a society that elevates and celebrates western beauty ideals as the standard. I focus on portraits mostly, with an emphasis on ethnicities of the world and South Asian culture.
In Spring 2021, my work was showcased at ArohaFest, a celebration in Canada of India’s springtime festivities, Holi and Vaisakhi, co-presented by the National Arts Centre (NAC) and Aroha Fine Arts.
Saffron is an expensive spice that has both culinary and symbolic significance in India. The colour is associated with renunciation and humility.