Artist Statement

My desire to create art began as a means to cope with the stress of a career as an ICU nurse. My work was strongly influenced by a childhood in Libya, where I learned to read and write Arabic. As a cardiac nurse, I realized the haunting similarity between Arabic and the electrocardiogram. My earlier artwork reflected the rhythm of my time in the Arab world.

Later during breast cancer treatment, I drew with pen on paper to relieve the angst of the situation. My pen went wherever it wished as a form of meditation. After a long time of not painting, my drawings reawakened my desire to continue with art. I chose the most meaningful to paint in oils.

 

Painting was a relaxation of my mind, a repetition of line and design. They reminded me that I am a survivor. My art is a meditation on rhythm creating flux, setting in motion all metaphors of life.