My name is Yasmin and I am an artist in my spare time. I produce contemporary art and work primarily in acrylics, with some pieces in mixed media. The majority of my current work is produced for pleasure, but for my own sanity, and my cupboard space, I do make some of my artwork available for sale! This keeps me going with new art material and funds for art classes and workshops.
A lot of the paintings I create are intended to bring warmth, light and humour to the viewer; capturing expressions of animals in various poses. I can’t tell you a favourite animal – there are too many beautiful species to choose from. I also enjoy capturing scenes that evoke a curiosity or whimsy, such as my Moroccan men, standing huddled in a group, whispering and making deals amongst themselves. I couldn’t really tell you why I paint – I’ve been drawing and painting since I could pick up pencils, and I just couldn’t imagine a world without art. It’s unfathomable! If I’m staring at something a little too long, it’s probably because I’m imagining how to draw it or capture the light that hits it.
My favourite material includes: Golden, Liquitex, Cryla, Derwent, Windsor & Newton, and FW Inks.
I accept commissions of landscapes and portraits of people or animals. I have written a guide to commissioning a painting here.
I didn’t study art; most of what I know is self-taught or instructed by my mother, Soraya French. There is a lot to be said for surrounding yourself with inspiring material – I certainly grew up with a lot.
By day I work in the photography industry, in sales and marketing. I originally trained in Television Production, studying at Bournemouth University. I am half British, half Iranian, and currently based in Hampshire.
Still curious? Message me!