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"Shipwreck" - 40x70cms

"Do you know what it means when an artist can't feel? 
When an artist can't feel, an artist can't be."

That is what I found myself saying to my sister, while complaining about art blocks, and not having created any piece in a good while.

For those of you who are familiar with the process of creating any piece of art, you probably have been through an art block. If you don't know what I'm talking about, it is the feeling of wanting to create, but not being able to. You feel the need to be creating something, yet as soon as you try to, the result comes out ridiculous, almost funny. It is as though the artist living in you has somehow left, leaving only the need to express your passion with no way to convey what's inside of you into a piece of art. Inspiration runs dry, frustration takes over, and you fear having lost your gift while losing faith in your art. 
I am all too familiar with that feeling, and it often happens when I feel empty. 
This is how I found out, not long ago, that the essence of an artist's work is feelings. Art can never be created at the click of a button, it is rooted deep within. Whether the artist intends to or not, whatever shows up on the canvas is a result of what is going on in our hearts. 
I often find emotions to be too overwhelming, as I never feel anything lightly, and often find myself running from them...
Until I learned a lesson: emotions are meant to be felt, and I have been built to feel them deeply. With time, and lots of ups and downs, I've been able to control them, feeling them without being entirely consumed by the intensity.

Wild Oceans

"Wild Oceans" - 120x120cms

Liquefied acrylics on canvas 

This piece was my largest work to date. In April, I got the chance to display one of my works at a lovely gallery in Beirut. After visiting and checking on the furniture, I headed to my favorite art shop to get the supplies needed for my new baby. Working on such a large scale was new to me, and I couldn't help but feel a little anxious about it. Luckily, the color palette chosen was my favorite, one that made me dreamy, comfortable, and ignited the spark that pushes the creator in me to the edge of creating potential.


"Libertas" - 40cms

(Liquefied acrylics on canvas)

Libertas, in Latin, means Freedom. As bold as freedom could get, I tried to strengthen my colors. I changed the blending of my usual color palette into a heavier, thicker one, incorporating alcohol into it this time. I also went for more metallic colors: gold, a metallic cyan and another metallic ultramarine, blended along with the peaceful, indispensable white. The unusual density of paint and its movement on my sharp-edged canvas evokes the bittersweet taste of freedom, the feeling of liberation after being trapped in worries and anxiety, the full awareness of being human, our humanity being at once our only limit and our source of power.  

Pacifia - Mother of Pearls

"Pacifia" - 30cms

Mixed media on canvas

As you might have already guessed, the name Pacifia is inspired by the Pacific Ocean, the largest and deepest of Earth's oceanic divisions. The name also evokes peace, the eternal peace in that immensely frightening being, fearsome yet calm in its enormity. I chose to embellish it with artificial pearls, which are my favorites among all gemstones, portraying them in their natural home, the place where these beauties were formed and created. The movement of the paint at the level where white meets blue pictures the repetitive, harmonious, wild at times yet calm movement of the waves.


"Gaia" - 35x50cms

Oil on cotton canvas

"Creativity is a crushing core and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you." 
-Elizabeth Gilbert

This quote showed up in my Instagram feed after I had painted Gaia. I then came to the realization that Gaia, along with the previous deities I had painted (Daphne and Psyche) chose me *bows down* to illustrate them, bringing them back a sense of their old glory through my brushes. I had strongly felt this through the process of painting. With each brush stroke, with each of the long moments spent in front of my easel, working their features and silhouettes, these deities had been consuming my efforts, time, energy and bits of my life to appear on those canvas.

Thoughts of Cotton Candy

"Thoughts of Cotton Candy" - 45x60cms

Liquified acrylics on cotton canvas

This painting was created in the midst of my finals. Through pressure, stress and anxiety, I needed an escape. And my only way out of this dark mess was a pastel, light and colorful palette of liquefied acrylics for me to mix and mess with. It was not my usual, comfort-zone-palette, but it refreshed my fatigued spirit, left me feeling light, bright and colorful.

And these are the feelings I intend to convey to you through this piece. Liberation of any kind of pressure, bright and colorful bits of happiness, just like the joy cotton candy would bring.


"Serenity" - 40x20cms

Oil on cotton canvas

"Soft comes the hush of eventide
And songbirds hide
In limbs of budded trees
To bid farewell to setting sun
With lullabies they've sung
Each night for centuries. [....]" 

By Margaret Yacavace

After a long time of working with acrylics, I felt like going for oil would be a good idea. I wanted to create something calm, serene, that would bring inner peace and happy thoughts. A beautiful sunset photograph found on Pinterest, which I used for reference, inspired this calm landscape. Working with this palette of colors felt like a therapy, putting my emotions to life through the brushes.


"Vow" - 30x60cms

Liquefied acrylics on canvas

They say the dream is a wish that the heart makes. Vow is a mixture of white paint, metallic light blue and metallic dark blue paint, along with some details of gold on the opposite corners of the canvas. The metallic turquoise and gold are brought to life and shine in natural light. The way the flow of paint stopped and dried inspired me to name it Vow, as my heart spoke through it making the dearest wishes.

"There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.


"Psyche" - 50x70cms

Acrylics on canvas

I first watched Psyche's story on Youtube. Click here to watch the illustrated story told in such a beautiful way.

Psyche was human, a young woman of immeasurable beauty. She was so beautiful that all men were intimidated by her. Thinking that beauty was a curse, she was abandoned by her father to the gods. Venus saw her beauty as a threat, and asked her son Cupid to make her fall in love with a monster. The god of love fell for her instead and took her to his castle, where he made love to her without revealing his identity, keeping her in the dark.


"Azure" - 45x60cms

Liquified acrylics on canvas

Azure is one of my favorite creations. I saw in this painting the azure blue of the sky, clouded by beautiful white cotton candies, and the face of the oceans, with islands dispersed on their surface. The different shades of blue created through the flow and mixture of paints reflect mystery, richness and inner peace.


"Daphne" - 50x60cms

Acrylics on canvas

"Daphne was another of those independent young huntresses who are met with so often in the mythological stories. 

She is said to have been Apollo's first love. It is not strange that she fled from him. Her father, the river god Peneus, was greatly tried because she refused all the young men who wooed her. 

But at last Apollo saw her, an everything ended for her. She was hunting. her dress short to the knee, her arms bare, her hair in wild disarray. She was enchantingly beautiful.Apollo thought, "What would she not look like properly dressed and with her hair nicely arranged?". The idea made the fire that was devouring his heart blaze up even more fiercely and he started off in pursuit.


"Lost" - 25x50cms

Liquefied acrylics on canvas

I like to name some of my paintings after emotions felt through the process of creating them. Creating a fluid art piece is not always as easy as it sounds. The mixture of colors never turns out to be the way I want, but rather the way the flow of colors wants to go. Sometimes the process consumes all of my energy before finally falling into its place, it gets me confused and brings out all sorts of emotions. But the way that the final result shows and fixes itself on the canvas at a certain stage like it was always meant to be this way always surprises me. 


"Almost" - 70x40cms

Acrylics on canvas

"The weeping willow stands high on the hill
as though a sentry, watching o'er the land.
One wonders, does the weeper understand
how hearts once warm can freeze in bitter chill?


"Veins" - 30x40cms

Liquefied acrylics on canvas

"the veins 
on my hand 
look like road maps 
and still, I’ve been trying 
to follow my heart home.
the road map of veins end 
at my forearm
where I’ve etched your name 
countless times 


"Marguerite" - 40x50cms

(Acrylics on canvas)

This painting is inspired by one of my favorite books, a french classic: La Dame aux Camelias, Alexandre Dumas Fils. I fell in love with the beautiful story of a young woman called Marguerite, and how she found her true love. Alexandre Dumas Fils tells the story in a beautiful, rich and sensual way that touched me deep down and inspired this painting.

A Lifetime

"A lifetime" - 60x60cms

(Acrylics on canvas)

"This painting of a barn and barnyard near sundown
May be enough to suggest we don’t have to turn
In order to grasp the truth of things.
From the visible world to the invisible
We don’t always have to distrust appearances.
When whatever it touches, however retiring,
Not if we’re patient. Not if we’re willing
To wait for the sun to reach the angle

The Calm & The Storm

"The Calm & The Storm" 

20x40cms - 20x30cms

Liquefied Acrylics and Acrylic Ink on canvas

"The Calm" - 20x30cms

(Liquified Acrylics and Acrylic Ink on canvas)


"Flow" - 30x40cms

Liquefied acrylics on canvas

White paint, turquoise ink, magenta ink and golden paint mixed together on cotton canvas. The way the ink worked those tiny details in the white paint amazed me. Just a drop from this magic turquoise pot would form diverse shapes. A storm, wind, water, trees.. the details of this abstract work are open to interpretation; let your thoughts flow.


"Seah" - 30x40cms

Liquefied acrylics on canvas

The little forms in Seah's texture reminded me of the sea and the life it holds, which inspired the name of this painting. Looking at the blue tone, I can feel the waves of the ocean brushing against the canvas. 
One of my dearest friends told me this painting reminded her of Poseidon, god of the sea, noticing a sad lover's face formed between the blue and white details.


"Oumniah" - 50x60cms

Liquefied acrylics on canvas

"I want to tell you 
about the sunflower I found 
on the sidewalk yesterday.
It is wilting and curled and gorgeous
and knows it.

Zina & Zuri

"Zuri" - 30x30cm

Liquefied acrylics on canvas

"Zina" - 30x40cm

(Liquified acrylics on canvas)


"Lilia" - 40x70 cm

Liquefied acrylics on canvas

"dream of lilies, 

blues and whites

in their little islands,
flower of the starlight,

flower of the water."


"Daphnia" - 30x40cm

Liquefied acrylics on canvas

"I am yours as the summer air at evening is
Possessed by the scent of linden blossoms,

As the snowcap gleams with light
Lent it by the brimming moon.

Without you I’d be an unleafed tree
Blasted in a bleakness with no Spring.