Saima Yousuf has been drawn to create art and examine spiritual truth since early childhood. Throughout life, Saima has added beauty to the environment surrounding her, by landscaping gardens, glamorizing faces, and designing Zen-like interiors. She pursued art throughout high school, and then went on to major in Fine Arts at TCNJ. One of her greatest memories from college is when Prof Wendell Brooks said that her work resounds with "soul". She graduated with honors in 1995, and after working at Ethan Allen as a designer for many years, decided to follow a yearning to be more expressive in creating art that transcends this human condition. Currently, she runs a holistic art studio in Hamilton, NJ, where she creates art, holds classes, practices meditation, Sufi whirling, and yoga. She is a lover of poetry, especially Rumi, as well as a nature lover. She sees the unnameable in the skies, the oceans, the flowers and trees, the life cycles of the seasons and evolution.
When creating a piece of art, Saima aims to bring the attention of the viewer back to the essence of where we all originate from, our collective consciousness, or Source. Her subject matter varies from the cosmos, abstracts, landscapes, or the female form, but is usually centered around the theme of spiritual union. Her paintings are symbolic depictions of our shared suffering, and the transformative power of acceptance, and Love. Saima meditates as she paints, becoming a hollow vessel through which something greater can be expressed. In this process, she is humble and receptive, as she explores the meaning of our existence. She hopes her work inspires questions which get to the heart of our purpose in the universe.
Her artwork is included in private art collections in Princeton, NJ; has been on display in Langston Hughes Cultural Center, NY; Hopewell Valley Gallery, NJ; and was selected into the juried faculty exhibition at The College of NJ. She has done live painting events at the W hotel and EVR lounge in Manhattan. She continues to create many commissioned works of art, as well as a new series which unveils a palpable reality that transcends the physical properties of her forms and materials.
I like to find out what interests the student has regarding artistic endeavors. What subject matter interests them. How long they have been practicing, if at all. Why they like to paint/draw/sculpt?
BFA in Fine Arts from TCNJ with Honors. 4 years teaching children after school art at my studios.
$50 an hour plus materials(student purchases and brings). Or $25 for group lessons.
By realizing that children need art in their lives and the public school systems keep cutting the art classes due to budget restrictions. Also, after seeing the looks of happiness in children's eyes when they create something is just wonderful!
6-16 year olds. Children with high functioning Asperger's spectrum as well - they do very well w art.
Recentky, my 12 paintings were exhibited at The Langston Hughes Cultural Center in Queens, NY. It was very exciting and I sold a piece to a person whom the art touched very much, which was priceless.
Be sure you are willing to give time and patience required to mastering a skill.
How much time will I devote to practice?
What do I want to do with my art skill?