I work as a graphic designer but I started out life as an abstract painter. The urge to make images—any kind of images—tugs at me daily. It could be the angle of light, an ironic composition or the solitude of the moment.
The camera is a tool that obliterates time while immortalizing it. Through the lens I commune with the people and places I come across and the camera provides the entry point to connect and see deeply. It allows me to enter and merge with the moment, savor its loveliness and turn the mundane scenes of everyday life into the stuff of art.
My process is stream of consciousness—being drawn to scenes where the basic elements of art coalesce into a pleasing gestalt. The image within the frame may be abstract or realist. It is more than anything a psychological space of shadow and light. There is the reality of the scene and there is the mood that it evokes. Whether I am working with portraits, objects or street life, I am most drawn to explore the qualities of shadow and light, rhythm and pattern, color and gesture. Most of all, I search for beauty.
I was born in Tehran, Iran and emigrated to the U.S. in time for high school. My academic background includes studying painting at the California College of Arts, and exhibiting in small group shows in the Bay Area as I finished graduate studies in clinical psychology and art therapy. After a decade working in the business world, I returned to the arts and started a company writing and illustrating greeting cards. I self-published under the title Y Art Works. Around the same time, UNICEF commissioned three different series of small paintings for their line of notecards; Digital Stock, one of the earliest publishers of digital imagery, commissioned work for a CD of painterly effects called Conceptual Backgrounds; and I landed my first design client. Currently, I have over 50 stock images available through Getty Images world-wide.