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I AM … Sophia

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I AM … Sophia

This painting of Sophia is very close to my heart. I have always run away from sketching or painting faces. I would find every single excuse under the sun not to paint a face. But I guess Sophia was determined to come alive.

When I started this painting, I have to admit not a single feature was appealing or remotely even close to normal. Sophia pushed me to draw faces, to find my style, I started using charcoal to sketch faces, but keeping true to my abstract style. And so I sketched face after face.  I threw 70% into the bin, but the rest 30% came alive. I had a mentor who really showed me the ropes, and he was as determined as Sophia that I get over this insane fear of faces.

I left Sophia’s painting alone for over 4 weeks. When I came back to her, I was a lot more confident in my space. And within 6 hours of working, Sophia was alive.

Across all scriptures, Sophia represents wisdom. To me, Sophia represents triumph over fear.  The step towards leaving behind self imposed creativity shackles and moving towards true inner creative freedom. Now that I look back, I wonder why the hell was I even scared? I guess it’s now time to do a realistic portrait of a person 🙂

Available on my etsy store for purchase.

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Art Blog: I AM … Kareem

i am kareem

One of my original signature series of abstract portraits that I am working on. This is an abstract painting of an old colleague of mine called Kareem. I always remembered Kareem to be head strong, someone who invested a lot of time into his physique, and yet someone who would happily engage with you in a battle of wits. I never knew Kareem modeled, so when I was looking for a man to use to create a painting in my abstract portrait series, I saw Kareem’s photograph on instagram.

As I kept working on this painting, there came a point where I was struggling to give the body justice, simply because Kareem possessed an incredible physique. The muscle definition took a while for me to do, but soon it started to come together. I was so immersed into painting Kareem’s physique that it made me take a step back and think … who exactly is the Kareem within? It made me realize how we women can also fall into the trap and start objectifying men. At times we are so taken by the raw physicality that we forget what’s below the hard muscular exterior of a man.

The vulnerability that he rarely shows. The way he fiercely protects people that matter to him.  His patience. Gentleness. Kindness. How he retreats into his own world when he isn’t comfortable. The chivalry. His adventurous spirit. His appreciation for creativity. The way he holds his little kid’s hand. The way he helps a friend in need. Patiently listening. The deep romance that he is capable of.

There is a lot to a man that we women sometimes don’t see. 🙂 It’s time to explore the mystery within.

If you would like to commission an abstract portrait of yourself or a loved one, please do message me. These portraits are created by how my soul sees your soul, and it is expressed through the movement of my hands on canvas.

‘I AM…Kareem’ is available for purchase on my etsy store or through direct buys


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Art Blog: Being Extraordinary

being extraordinary low resAs humans, we are always trying to fit in in order to belong. It’s supposedly the ‘law of the land’. God forbid if we allow our true authentic self to emerge. Family, society and peers start calling us ‘weird’. They shun us, outcast us, and create circumstances where we are nudged back into their box of what’s acceptable.

The truth is they don’t get ‘weird’. They don’t get how being different is actually fun. They don’t get being extraordinary. And it’s perfectly ok for them not to get it. Seriously. It’s actually ok. After all…

It’s not their journey. It’s YOUR journey.

It’s not their truth. It’s YOUR truth.

It’s not about them. It’s about YOU.

What if you could actually choose to show up as the true magnificence you truly are? What if you could choose to stand on this Earth in your true authentic power that you truly are? Can you imagine the magic you can create? 🙂 Can you imagine how amazingly different your life would start to be? The joy you would feel deep within your soul? Wohoooo 🙂

I used palette knives and oil paints to create this on paper.

The original artwork & high resolution digital downloads of the artwork are available on Etsy.

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I was inspired to create this painting whilst listening to Tamra Oviatt’s Sacred Activation on Being Extraordinary. Link: http://sacredactivations.com/product/being-extraordinary-2/