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Peek Through Liza’s Brushes – Artist Insight

The self-taught artist Liza Hasan prefers watercolour over anything else. Her subject usually includes questioning and teasing social norms, feminism and identity. She paints a lot of portraits but recently during this quarantine, she began a series called the fairy tale collection. It is a number of images depicting fantastic fictional characters from childhood memories.

Liza did her masters in business administration from IUB and joined her family business but after a while, she left it to pursue art and have been doing this ever since. She began painting ten years ago when she just started for her masters. “I remember I didn’t pay much attention in classes; mostly because I wondered what to paint next and couldn’t wait long to go back home and get to my watercolours” – says Liza.

“At the beginning, I saw one video of an Italian watercolour artist Agnes Cecile, and it was a mesmerizing watch. I tried watching all her videos and following her process. Pretty soon, I found my own style; but recently, I am exploring artworks by Kerby Rosanes, Kellogsloops, Marija Tiurina and so many more”, continues Liza. 

The artist often goes through ‘artist block’ and sometimes overcoming it becomes a bit tough. Watching movies and reading books help her with creative thinking and at some point, she ends up with more ideas than she can handle. Quarantine has been tough for everyone. For Liza, quarantine days gave her the perfect opportunity to explore new themes in art and learn new things at the same time.

She spends a lot of time on gardening, learning to illustrate on-screen and baking. “We have been baking to a point that me and my daughter are stuffed with cookies, cakes and pie,” Liza exclaims.  The advise Liza has for young artists is to create something every day. “It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, just create.

Never compare your work with other artists. If you want to measure your progress, compare your most recent artwork with the first. It helps to show you how far you have come”, says Liza. “If you are going through an artists’ block, stop doing art for a while; instead, watch a movie, go to the roof, find a good book and curl up. The right idea will come to you. Lastly, patience is the key”.

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