Alhamdullilah (praise be to God), Rayan and I were wed on March 15, 2019, in Tampa, Florida. I want to share what our take on an intimate, Pinterest-inspired wedding can look like between two Muslims of Moroccan and Kurdish descent. Let’s begin.Read More
The (he)art of a daughter of immigrants.
I want to share with you the things that shaped me as a child- the sources of inspiration and nostalgia that influenced my art over the years. Here is a reflection of my journey.Read More
I was not born with talent. I did not go looking for talent. Any skills I have are a result of being moved to do or learn something. Here’s my insight on the matter:Read More
The ghoul had utterly tricked her, plain and simple. Now the young girl was his prey. She was absolutely alone, and one day away from being devoured by the ghoul. How will this chapter end?Read More
After 4 years, I finally got to revisit the motherland last summer. The last time I visited was at the age of 16, and it was incredibly emotional and eye-opening to be back at 20, looking at the country through a different set of eyes. Here are the lessons I learned:Read More
I wanted to create a series of portraits featuring my old paintings, but recreated on models through face-paint (thus literally bringing my paintings to life). And so, I hit up my talented photographer friend, Vi Hunyh, and we began our first collaborated project.Read More
I missed the sound of my grandmother’s voice, so I called her one day to catch up.
“Tell me a story, mi-la-la,” I ask on the phone. My grandmother was amused to hear me ask this. Nonetheless, she began the tale…Read More
Representation. Media. Diversity. We hear these words being thrown around on social media all the time. Every “woke” account has mentioned it at some point. But what’s the big deal? What exactly does representation mean, and why should we care?Read More
The creative process can be either smooth or chaotic (guess which one always happens for me). Regardless, it is always rewarding. Follow along as I show you the the steps I go through to create an illustration.
“If you could be anything besides an artist, what would you be, and why?”Read More
I think there’s a really big misconception about artists and talent. Often when I draw, people will approach me and say, “Whoa, how’d you do that? That’s so amazing! I can’t even draw a stick figure!”
Here's what I have to say about that:Read More
This painting incorporates themes that make up the very fabric of my identity. My fears, my truths, and my hopes. Whether their experiences are the same or not, I hope that when people look at this painting, they can find it relatable in some way, and perhaps be moved to a higher level of self-awareness. That is my purpose as an artist.Read More
When I was a kid, I didn’t know much about quality art supplies. The most expensive tools I used in my middle school years were Crayola supplies and sharpie markers. I look at my humble collection of art supplies now and realize that I’ve come a long way.
And so, here’s a breakdown of the tools I currently use.Read More
In light of me just turning 20, I felt that it would be appropriate to share a few insights I've learned since I moved out of my parents' nest at the age of 18. Many of these lessons I've taken to heart my whole life, but some of them I had to learn in college the hard way.
I like to tell visual stories- simple or complex. Personally, I think art can connect with people in ways that nothing else can. Art can change the world. That thought is what keeps me going.Read More