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My works are portals to a magical realism rendered in vibrant colors on canvas and wood. They often focus on familiar sights, including fauna and flora set in semi-abstract, or even entirely abstract backgrounds. I frequently use the juxtaposition of elements that seemingly would not belong together to create a higher sense of beauty and playfulness. For example, I paint objects such as flowers, umbrellas, and paper boats alongside whales and manatees. These seemingly out-of-place objects bring personality and drama to my subjects that I hope will inspire a desire for stewardship of nature in the viewer. Despite my use of vivacious and bold colors, my paintings have a soothing quality to them, thanks in part to cool or comforting hues that predominate the pictures.

I draw inspiration from the tribal art of my native Iran, particularly the abstract animal images depicted in the the kilim and gabbeh rugs of that culture. I am also taken with the sweeping wonder of Marc Chagall’s works, the striking contrasts of Northwest Native American art, and the lyrical patterns visible in Japanese art. Having said this, I don’t pick and choose my inspirations, but realize these traces have been parts of my psyche that emerge intuitively as I paint.

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Northrup King Building

1500 Jackson Street Northeast
Studio 203
Minneapolis, MN
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