Divinity and Nature Drive Nadia

Nadia Zeeshan takes me a journey through the clouds in her Islamic artwork. Let’s learn about the source of this artist’s inspiration:

R.If anyone asked you “What kind of Artist are you,” how would you answer? 

N. My work is a combination of my feelings, philosophies and thoughts on canvas.  The predominant themes I focus on revolve around the philosophy of religion, interfaith harmony and exploration of the Quran. 

What others tell me is that my art belongs in the Contemporary Islamic Art niche. I think I have established my own unique style within that niche experimenting with modern, abstract and even traditional styles at times. 

R.What kind of paints and materials do you like to use most and how does that affect your creative flair?

N. As an artist you need to experiment with all sorts of mediums and find what works for you. I use both acrylic and oil paints as mine. I mostly use primary colors to blend my own shades of paint. 

I love nature and perhaps that’s why I unconsciously rely on using handpicked authentic materials. I have used pebbles and rocks from Canadian Rockies, exotic beach glass from the Great Lakes and sand picked up from the Pacific and Atlantic shores that I’ve visited over the years in my art. The reason I do this is because I believe in water therapy and spend a lot of my time reflecting by the beach usually around sunset. Watching the sun go down with the sound of waves after a long day gives me both peace and inspiration.  I try to express that same tranquility on canvas my brush.

R. Your artwork is as I would call it “dreamy,” just…beautiful ما شاء الله! What inspires your artwork?

N. Thank you!  Hope, positivity and recognition of  the Divine are where I draw my inspiration from.  The Holy Kaabah is another major source of inspiration as it denotes the Divine entity watching over us. Several of my paintings have the Kaabah painted in the upper corner amongst the sky and clouds. It’s an idea that has become a trademark in a lot of my paintings, hence the dreamy look.

A lot of my inspiration also comes from the Quran. I often say that I’m on a mission to explore the Quran one verse at a time with my paint brush. I think the Quran must be the only book in the world that a lot of people read without knowing what it means which is why I try to incorporate translation, meaning and stories of the Quran through my art. 

R. I can pretty much write anywhere as long as it’s quiet, but mostly I prefer to be in a room. For some reason, I find writing outdoors distracting. What kind of ambiance (setting) do you need to create your artwork?

N. I’m actually the same! I prefer closed spaces to larger or outdoor ones. I am lucky enough to have my own studio, but some of my best and sought after paintings were created in the smallest of spaces. It’s been hard finding quiet time to paint during COVID, as all of us have been cooped up at home, but whenever I am able to find a few quiet moments, I try to use them the best I can. 

R. Tell us about your upbringing and how it has shaped the artist you are today?

N. My siblings and I were born and raised in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. My family briefly moved to Pakistan before moving to Canada. The two things that have influenced my work a lot are travel and my parent’s gentle teachings. Travel broadened my horizon and my parents’ emphasis on the importance of kindness and patience has stayed with me all these years and have manifested in my work as well. My art is primarily a reflection of all the books I have read, all the poetry I have read and written, the people I have met and all the places I have been.

R. Where can we view your work and can we purchase it? How can we follow your journey?

N. You can view my work and contact me on my social media listed below:

Website :www.nadiazeeshan.com

Etsy:  NadiaZArtistry  

Blog called “When Nadia Writes..” (On my website).

Instagram: (NadiaZArtistry) , 

Pinterest (NadiaZeeshan), 

Facebook (NadiazArtistry

Rumki Chowdhury
Rumki Chowdhury

ONLINE ASSISTANT EDITOR FOR HAYATI MAGAZINE, PUBLISHED AUTHOR, POET AND JOURNALIST WITH AN MA IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. BORN IN BANGLADESH, RAISED IN USA, LIVED AND STUDIED IN UK AND NOW, AN ENGLISH TEACHER IN SWEDEN. ALSO, MARRIED AND MOTHER OF THREE DAUGHTERS.

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