I first discovered my artist self at a very young age in Baghdad, Iraq. Since then, I moved to many places and met many faces to which I attribute my work inspiration. My paintings are reflections of a personal journey that strives to showcase my path that led me to where I am today. Colours fascinate me, they always have. Rather than submitting to my architectural engineering background, I gravitate more towards abstract shapes to capture non-material intangible ideas and thoughts.
Prior to relocating to Ottawa, I completed an Encaustic Art Course at the Toronto School of Art, a Power Print Making Course at Open Studio, a Creative Entrepreneurship program at Artscape Daniel’s Launch-pad Toronto and a Social Entrepreneurial Leaders Enabling Climate Transitions (SELECT) Program by School of Social Entrepreneurs.
Before Toronto, I was living in the Middle East, primarily in Baghdad before moving to Amman, Jordan for a few years. Symbols from my middle eastern background often make an appearance in my work; resurfacing here and there in various forms and colours.
My work has been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions in many cities including Toronto, Osaka, Paris, Baghdad, Amman and London.