Pakistani born Bahrain based Sana started her career as a fashion designer, but turned her passion for design into teaching when her family moved firstly to Saudi Arabia and then to Bahrain. It was there that she started taking art classes at different art studios, explored different techniques, and started an art community called Wild About Art & Craft. She started creating her own mixed-media paintings inspired by Walt Disney, and illustrators Brittney Lee and Marry Blair. Her art has been displayed at Art Divano Gallery and Boutique Bahrain, and at the World Art Dubai 2018 Exhibition, and a few of her pieces are currently on display at Art Smiley gallery in Dubai.
For me, art is anything that expresses who and what we are as humans. Art has always played a part in my life, and I’ve always been connected to it in one way or another. Maybe it’s because my mother had encouraged me from an early age, or maybe it’s because somehow, whenever I fail to express myself through words, art helps me... which is what I love about it.
My paintings are not restricted to any specific medium, technique or subject. Instead, I love to play with bright and bold colours, follow the latest trends, and incorporate many styles in one, which I personally believe is the beauty of mixed media paintings; they weave different elements of art into a lovely masterpiece. Some of the mediums that I almost always use include acrylics, oil pastels, chalks, inks, water colours, spray paints and tools for adding texture. With my own work, I build a base and then continue adding layers with whatever feels good until I’m satisfied. Most of my paintings are layers upon layers of colour and texture piled onto each other to add depth and definition. I love trying something new, and recently I started integrating Arabic calligraphy in my paintings, using stencils with flourishes in my own handwriting.
I draw inspiration from diverse cultures and folk art from all around the world, and allow myself to paint freely and with no restrictions, as I profoundly believe that you paint what you need the most in your life. I consider myself a storyteller; only I use colour instead of words.
I adore portraying feminine beauty and women in different roles and stages in their life; as a mother, daughter, sister or even a friend. There are no hidden messages in my work, but there is beauty and desire yet, at the same time, there is fear and hurt behind the woman’s eyes. In modern society, many women feel pressured to look perfect; they feel as if they need to look like models, movie stars, or other flawless women often featured in magazines. Personality and intelligence has lost much value in relationships because the media portrays only the most immaculate women. My main focus is to channel my emotions into what I’m creating, to achieve the right expressions in my whimsical faces and get that distinctive feel to the painting.
Art communicates some form of human truth, and there’s tremendous power in that. People who understand your perspective on life and intentionality with your art will be able to find the most meaning in it. Without art we would have nothing; that’s why I love creating and bringing an idea to reality. I get the biggest emotional reward when I see the work finished before me, and it looks like I imagined it... or even better than I imagined it! There’s something intriguing in creating something from nothing.
In the words of Robin Williams in the amazing film Dead Poets Society: "The human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for."
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