I did my Masters in Fine Arts with distinction. I might have won a gold medal in studies, but I believe I actually struck gold with my first painting in Grade 9. I managed to sell it five times my pocket money. I was on cloud nine!
Since then, I have never looked back. I took up teaching – learning, exploring, probing and sharing at the same time. Along with all that I started working as a designer cum visualiser in a software house from where I learnt a lot. Now I am working as a freelance full time artist and Art tutor in the UK.
My work explores the relationship between life and colours, and feelings and expressions. The paintings I make are the things I see and feel every day. I paint feelings. I paint the memory of a moment and the excitement of the experience. They are a mixture of bright colours, bold strokes, forced and unforced errors.
I work primarily in transparent watercolour because its character allows for a wonderful blending of spontaneity and control. Watercolour is the one medium that will move in and take over the painting, creating colours and textures that cannot be forced (and sometimes not even anticipated) by the artist.
As a result, my paintings can be described as “Expression with the Touch of Impression.”
My loose painting style can appear effortless, but it actually requires a shift not only in process but also in thinking. In an unfinished painting, the viewers will ‘fill in the blanks’ and put their thoughts somewhere in my paintings.
I love to paint female dancing figures in Mughal miniature style. This inspiration comes from the culture where I was born and brought up. I enjoy painting a variety of subjects from Dancing Figures of Mughal Miniatures to European Ballet dancers, flowers to faces, life to still life and from dance to drama.
I observe things. I relate things. And I celebrate things by putting them on my canvas. In the UK, I connect people with a long forgotten culture. In Pakistan, I truly feel like an artist eager to paint everything that surrounds me. From Faisalabad’s Clock Tower to the London’s Big Ben, my painting journey continues. And I could not be any happier!