Artist’s Statement

Artist’s Statement

Painting portraits is my passion. I started drawing when I was two years old and since then, making pictures has been at the core of my existence. As I grew up, I was privileged to work with some of the most accomplished portrait painters as their apprentice. During my training, I learned every technical and aesthetic aspect of portrait painting.I have been blessed with a gift, and it’s incredibly satisfying to know that I can use my talent to bring joy into the lives of others. My art circles around the people of various cultures, as it is often the vehicle which relays the connection.
 
Portraits are a predominant part of my work as I am fascinated and challenged by the changes in age, experience, the environment, lighting, and background.Every portrait I paint provides me with the opportunity to create a work of art that exhibits both beauty and timelessness.
 
The physical process of applying paint with a brush creates a dynamic energy that is impossible to replicate through any mechanical process. I encourage my subjects to pose from life, as often as their schedules can permit, because it gives me time to get to know them better. Working from direct observation gives me the opportunity to observe and incorporate more subtle tones of form and color into my painting. For me, the process of painting from life is incredibly exciting, but I understand that in today’s world, it’s not possible for most people to devote the time necessary to have their portraits done entirely from live sittings. Therefore, I have dedicated myself to perfecting my photographic skills in order to ensure that my reference materials provide me with the very best possible visual information to work from.It’s exciting to consider the possibility that one day my painting may become a cherished heirloom, providing deep meaning for many generations to come.
 
Mohammad Ali,