All About The Artist

   “My creativity seems to come from a place deep within me. I often feel like my eyes are only spectators of the whole experience, I watch in awe as my hand glides across the canvas and trust that I know what I’m doing. I am self-taught, but sometimes I wonder if something inside of me knew all along.”

Animals and Nature are my vital source of life. Animals fill me with fluttering joy and nature grounds me. Animals are highly sentient beings with wisdom to be shared through a language that is shared between all life on Earth. I strive to express the their emotions and share their stories. I am fortunate to experience life beside my loving horse, Keynai, and my little bird, Kiwi. Kiwi reminds me that we all need affectionate loving care. Keynai reminds me to find peace in my heart and live in the present moment. Their guidance make me a better human.

I create my artwork to sew my part in the ever-woven tapestry of life. I feel honored to have the ability to create something that can touch others at a sentimental level. I feel like small part of something much greater. My purpose on the planet is to share my loving passion for our Earth’s incredible animals.  By the strokes of my brush, I wish to inspire others take action to help save animals. My paintings show their existence through my eyes. I present their magnificent aura that often goes unseen. The natural world is in a fragile state at the present time, it is up to us to come together to help save the planet and keep it a safe place for all that call it home. By saving them, we will all be saved.

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My Creative Process

My creations are revealed to me in one of two channels. Sometimes it is a moment in my life that I want to recreate, and other times my mind will flash an image that I know I must transform into reality. Often the later of the two is much more complex and will keep my head spinning in the planning stages of the piece. I will ransack my brain for every last detail and do a profound amount of research and sketches for the composition. I never truly know what I am about to create because it keeps transforming as I move along the creative process. I feel like I am extracting the imagery from deep within me. Sometimes it is an easily delightful process and other times it is so overwhelming I lock myself in a sort of “art coma” for days, cutting myself off from every possible distraction for periods of time.

My Special Materials

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I’m very particular about the materials I use. I have eliminated all toxic art supplies and have fallen in love with my personal way of creating. I have sensitivity to solvents such as Turpeniod, so I wear a respirator when working in art school because of the other students. In my own studio, everything is natural and safe for me as well as the environment. I paint animals and nature because I’m so passionate about them, so naturally I make sure my materials are vegan and environmental impact is as small as possible. My proud to declare that my studio is nearly zero waste, and my materials are vegan friendly. I mix most of my own paint with earth pigments from Natural Earth Paints, Colors of Nature, and the Art Treehouse. I simply mix the pigments with quality walnut oil.

The ArtTreehouse makes especially wonderful paint that gives me a vivid color range without the drawbacks of synthetic fillers and nasty chemicals. I use their high quality pigments as well as handmade paints for my creations. Some of my recent favorites are Phthalo blue, Quinacridone Magenta, and Rubine red.

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(Phthalo blue and Quinacridone Magenta are the key colors in my recent creation, “Dreamcatcher”)

I decided to be an alchemist and mix up a new mixture of natural ingredients to improve the luminosity and slow dry time. I mixed Walnut oil, linseed oil, spike lavender, Canada balsam, and clove oil to make my own painting medium! Each ingredient adds its own special touch. For instance, the Canada balsam the enhances the vibrancy of my colors while the clove oil extends my drying time. I absolutely love it and now I get the treat of painting with the aromatherapy of lovely lavender and Christmas trees! It’s a magical experience.

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I am vegan so I use only animal-friendly brushes. I have collected a few different kinds but my absolute favorites are from Rosemary & Co. Their brushes are high quality and have worked beautifully in achieving the delicate details in my creations.

 Experience

Rogue Art Gallery                                                                    05/30/2018 – 09/28/2019

 The Britt Festival collaborated with Rogue Art Gallery to arrange a show of artworks inspired by orchestra pieces and my two commissioned paintings were exhibited in the show.

Britt Festival Orchestra                                                             05/30/2019 – 09/28/2019

  • The Britt Festival collaborated with Rogue Art Gallery to arrange a show of artworks inspired by orchestra pieces and my two commissioned paintings were be exhibited.

Britt Festival Orchestra                                                             06/30/2019 – 09/28/2019

  • I was commissioned to create two pieces for the Britt Festival Orchestra Summer 2019 series titled “Sound of Nature”. One was inspired byBeethoven’s 6thmovement, “Pastoral Symphony” and the other by Debussy’s “La Mer”. The pieces will also be present at all the performances for people to experience alongside hearing the beautiful music! They were also published in their official 2019 souvenir program.Lorem ipsum dolor

Student Exhibition                                                                   05/30/2019 – 06/14/2019

  • I participated in the end of the year student exhibition at Southern Oregon University and showcased several paintings.

SOAR                                                                                                                04/30/2019 – 04/28/2019

  • I was a part of the 12thannual Southern Oregon Arts & Research conference! I had a large body of work exhibited and gave my very first public artist talk.

“Unity”                                                                                                          04/15/2019 – 04/18/2019

  • I was honored to be a part of the group exhibition titled “Unity”. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary between my university (Southern Oregon University) and the Universidad de Guanajuato!

Pony Espresso Coffee House Café                                             01/31/2019- 03/1/2019

  • I had a solo art exhibition at a local café in Ashland, Oregon.

Holiday Sale 2018                                                                     12/7/2018 – 12/9/2018

  • I sold original paintings and prints in the Holiday Sale at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. I also volunteered at the opening night of the Holiday Sale. I attended to sold works and helped with the set-up process.

Essex Art Association                                                               10/12/2018 – 10/14/2018

  • I sold original paintings and prints in a group exhibition at the Essex Art Association. I also volunteered at the opening night, attending to sold works and helped with the set-up process.

3rdAnnual Marilyn Dickey Juried Art Competition                   08/24/2018 – 09/28/2018

  • I was a selected finalist and two of my original paintings were invited to be displayed at the Sugar Land Art Center & Gallery.

“Magnify”                                                                                 05/30/2018

  • I sold my originals and prints in the “Magnify” showcase by RAW Artists Texas.

Nightingale Acoustic Cafe                                                         05/20/2017- 31/23/2018

  • I exhibited a painting in the local antique café/bakery in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

42nd Annual Student Exhibition                                               02/09/2018 – 03/31/2018

  • My original paintings were accepted into the 42nd Annual Student Exhibition at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

Connecticut River Museum                                                      02/01/2018 – 03/31/2018

  • My piece titled “Stardust” was exhibited in the Connecticut River Museum in honor of the winter eagle watch season.

 “Envision”                                                                               01/18/2018

  • I sold my originals and prints in the “Envision” showcase by RAW Artists Connecticut.

Holiday Sale 2017                                                                     11/30/2017 – 12/04/2017

  • I sold original paintings and prints in the Holiday Sale at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. I also volunteered at the opening night of the Holiday Sale. I attended to sold works and helped with the set-up process.

The Beans Café Coffeehouse                                                    05/01/2017 – 11/30/2017

  • I had a solo art exhibition at the local café for the month. I sold both my original paintings as well as prints.

 

 

Publications

Britt Festival Orchestra                                                             06/30/2019 – 09/28/2019

  • I was commissioned to create two pieces for the Britt Festival Orchestra Summer 2019 series titled “Sound of Nature”. One was inspired byBeethoven’s 6thmovement, “Pastoral Symphony” and the other by Debussy’s “La Mer”. They were published in their official 2019 souvenir program.Lorem ipsum dolor

The Art Treehouse                                                                  07/30/2018

  • My favorite art supply store wrote an article all about me and the art supplies that make the magic happen!
  • https://arttreehouse.com/artstore/safa-qureshi-sells-paintings/

“Envision”                                                                                01/18/2018

  • My profile was published on the RAW Artists website.
  • https://rawartists.com/connecticut/envision

Al-Saba Global Newsletter                                                        06/30/2016

A journalist for the Administrators of Al-Sabah Collection in Kuwait noted my sketches at the Houston Museum of Fine Art and invited me to be a part of their global newsletter on a feature article about the exhibition.

Achievements

Finalist in the 3rdAnnual Marilyn Dickey Juried Art Competition    09/28/2018

I was selected as a finalist to be part of the month–long gallery exhibition at the Sugar Land Art Center & Gallery.

Dean’s List                                                                               Fall 2017

I was selected to be a part of the Dean’s list for demonstrating an excellent academic standing.

University Grant in Aid                                                            Fall 2017

I was awarded over 100,000 in scholarship at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

Lyme Dean’s Scholarship                                                         Fall 2017

I was awarded annual 2,000 for demonstrating an excellent academic standing.

Lyme Portfolio Award                                                              Fall 2017

I was awarded annual 10,000 for artistic merit.

Lyme Academic Award                                                            Fall 2017

I was awarded annual 8,000 for academic excellence.

Finalist in Houston Rodeo Art Competition                              04/01/2016

I was selected as a finalist and received a gold ribbon.

Education

Southern Oregon University                                                     Winter 2019

I am on my first semester at SOU.

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts                                                     Fall 2017 – Fall 2018

I attended Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts for a year and a half.