Tell us about yourself?
When I was 8, I picked up on a very peculiar habit of sketching what I observed around me. The idea of being able to capture moments on paper always en-kindled joy within me. To begin with my story as you call it, my name is Jasia Iqbal Nowshahri. I’ve done my schooling from Presentation Convent till 2010 after which I pursued Commerce in high school from Delhi Public School. In school I was a very active student . I played my first nationals in basketball in Delhi public school. During these years I had lost touch with this sketching habit of mine until in high school, when one day I bunked a maths class and attended a Fine Arts class instead. The teacher present noticed my sketching skills and pointed out that I was better than everyone present. (On a side note, fortunately or unfortunately he also caught me bunking ). On the brighter side he advised me to stay in the same class for good . And so I did and here I am today.
What do you say when people ask you ,”what do you do ?”
What I do is very simple to understand. I have not tied myself to a specific label in terms of what I do. I find labelling myself restricting. What I do is very free and liberating. I have been taught to pursue what fulfills my soul, to do what makes me happy at the end of the day. What I do is something I can do all my life without ever wanting a vacation or a break.
Technically speaking I paint landscapes and occasionally I dribble with sketching. My forte primarily is florals, landscaping which includes sunscapes, seascapes, nightscapes dawn and twilight and everything else you can imagine in a landscape. My landscaping medium is oil on canvas. In sketching my medium is pencil, water colours and charcoal.
What inspires you for the pieces you create?
Inspiration to put something on canvas doesn’t have to be a moment or something big. For me inspiration can be found in the most simplest of places. A routine mundane scene can extract enough inspiration to put something on a canvas.
The biggest inspiration that further propels me is the feeling I get when I complete a piece. The feeling of a complete, filled canvas is the drive that keeps me on it.
What emotions play the biggest role in art ?
How and when did you start selling art ?
What’s something that most people just don’t understand about your field ?
This much needed acceptance and appreciation, however little it is from my own people keeps me going.
Does your social and political climate impact your artistic expression ?
What does it mean to be an artist in Kashmir ?
Do you have any advice for artists who want to pursue this career?
Where can someone purchase your artwork or learn about your artwork?
My Facebook page is Jasia Iqbal.
My Instagram page is @ja_sia
My email ID is [email protected]
Any further inquires can be addressed at Khatlan Interiors, Rajbagh , Srinagar .
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