Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. —Pablo Picasso
Love, desire, passion, poetry, graffiti! This series of paintings was inspired by the era of hand-written love letters and borrows the words of the great Arab poets; Gibran, Qabbani, Al-Mutanabbi and Mahmoud Darwish combined with the gestural visuals of street art. In contemplating messages of love, passion, desire today, I realize that we’re more likely to use an emoji than a poem, a spray can than a fountain pen. Yet the tenderness of a message of love is just as desirable on a wall, in an inbox, in a scented envelope or in my case on a canvas.
Art is not what you see but what you make others see. —Edgar Degas
I see the world as a place of wonder and discovery and intentionally strive to keep that childlike delight so that the color and experience of a place are preserved in my mind. When I paint, dreamy versions of places appear, not quite as they are but as elevated memories I have of them where their essence is mixed up with a big dose of hazy nostalgia. During the Covid-19 lockdowns, painting became my escape from stress. I needed to avoid all the places I longed to go because of the imposed confinement so I painted them instead; favorite places from memories of childhood, travels, picnics, walks, hikes even books. I work mostly in acrylics on canvas sometimes adding pastels on top.