About the Artist

I came to Washington DC in 1978 to attend Mount Vernon College. The Iranian Revolution had displaced my family, and it was the beginning of a long journey in the United States in pursuit of my dream of becoming a painter. Having received my BA in Interior Design in 1982, I was accepted at George Washington University to finally enter a Fine Arts program. I recall the first inspiration that directed me towards a series of works that I started when I was a student. I was being taught traditional techniques and asked to produce traditional subject matters. One fall day, I was struck by the beauty of a tree that had turned all red. I broke off a branch and took it to my studio and painted my first "Leaf" painting. Before long, I was painting the leaves from my imagination, and it led to my MFA thesis of "Trees" in 1987.

 

Since then, I have continued working from my imagination and refining my personal theories of image making. I work in abstraction, and convey my thoughts through the choices in imagery, color, and line. Time and space have been recurring themes, as I dwell on my own existence. The black and white series of paintings represent concepts of reflection, geometry, contrasts and opposing forces. The tree does reappear in works that are more organic, introspective, and expressionistic. I have drawn on theories of automation, abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction, and color to develop my imagery. Painting is my passion and the process is empowering. The image develops with every brushstroke, as my thoughts venture into quiet corners of memory and emotion. The image is developed through multiple layers of glazing over time.

 

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