I go I know not where to bring back I know not what.
~ Russian fairytale
I believe in transcendence, in divine sparks and the luminosity of spirit. Painting to me is a reflection of being, an expression of the infinite spectrum of aliveness, as I reach up to hold the hand of love and joy, comfort or wildness, seduction or despair, as best I can on any given day.
My earliest inspirations were Dürer’s Hare and all the funny cartoons, everything magical and sublime like Maman and our sweet nanny when we lived in Darband, Tehran, and our simple apartment before that; Chopin and Clementi, the Caspian, later Rimbaud and Dostoyevsky, Hesse, Hugo and Tolstoy, Duras and Camille Claudel, beauty in all its shapes and forms, including of course those beautiful fairytale cartoons. Oh, and Jeanne d’Arc, Inspector Clouseau, Lombard, Monroe, and Gardner, Mr. Balanchine’s glorious dancers, Dodie Smith books, Chaplin’s Limelight, Saura’s Cria Cuervos, and Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes, of course, forever.
I have had the privilege of studying with Mel Prest and Yee Jan Bao at CCA, with Michele Theberge, with Chris Zydel at Painting from the Wild Heart, with Charlie Chavez at Laney College, and with David Hardy.
My paintings are held in private collections in the United States, Europe, and Africa, and have been exhibited at the Barbara Anderson Gallery in Berkeley, Swallowtail in San Francisco, a solo show at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, the Open Gallerie Helmond in the Netherlands, and in late 2015 at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art as part of the Fashionistas Fight Back! group show.
A generous portion of all sales is donated to animal and humanitarian causes. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for price quotes.
With warmest thanks for your support and for visiting.
Yours in Joy,