Farah Ishmael

Interview on December 6th, 2006

Name: Farah IshmaelMoroccan Glow

What is your favourite colour?
I like them all….like greens and blues though.

Favourite artist(s)… local or otherwise?
Brian Wong Won
His style is unique because I have yet to come across someone with his perspective and I do love his vivid use of colour and of course his subject matter, Trinidad Carnival.

In a nutshell, what do you do?… what medium… and how would you describe your genre?…
I consider myself an amateur artist, just beginning to explore the realm of my own raw talents. Just experimenting and testing the waters. I am also a freelance graphic designer, looking to get into some more hands-on experience. I am looking forward to exploring some other mediums that I haven’t touched in a few years, such as doing marker renderings.
My use of medium varies with subject matter and what mood I am in. I am fond of oils, I use acrylic from time to time, I like using gouache, and coloured pencils as well.
I also love photography, because it’s another interesting form of art.

How did you first get an interest in art?
Since as far back as I can remember, around the age of four, I was interested in art. I can recall running out of green as I was painting a tree with watercolours, and I discovered how to make the colour green. I was a very happy little person that day and proud of myself. Since as young as then I was always interested in art.

Where/How did you learn?
I took all the art classes I could have taken in high school, along with all the photography classes. In University, I went to school for graphic design at The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. There I not only learned about graphic design, but about some fine arts as well, which covered figure drawing, the use of charcoal, pastel, pen and ink, marker, oil paints etc.

A brief history of your career…
Been freelancing as a graphic designer for the past four years. I have also sold some artwork in the past as well.

What are some of your current art projects, personal or otherwise?
The most recent pieces of my art projects have been inspired by my own religion. I’ve had a newfound awakening with it and I would like to present it the way I see it, for others to enjoy and discover.

What are some of your upcoming projects, personal or otherwise?
Planning on getting out some great pieces for the upcoming year, stemming from my religious background. I would like to present it utilizing various mediums, to create the appropriate moods I am looking for.

Hobbies?… What do you do for kicks?
Hmmm, can’t say that I do much for kicks…but I do enjoy reading, writing, art (of course), photography and travelling. I like to attend various cultural events and festivals…helps to broaden one’s horizons.

What’s your favourite food?
A good beef pelau with some kuchela.

If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?
I would be a bird, because they can fly away wherever they want, and they have quite interesting personalities as well as colours.

Okay and finally… what are your long term career/life ambitions?
Long-term career and life ambitions would include, improving my artwork and getting it out there to the public for viewing and selling. Perhaps one day teaching young children to explore the world of art or offer some type of training and opportunities for them in Trinidad and Tobago, because we have such a rich and diverse culture quite unique to us, that it ought to be tapped into.

Many thanks… anything else you’d like to add?
I would like to thank Shaun Rambaran for having my work on this awesome site. Keep up the great work and looking forward to the new additions and updates.

Based on a December 6th, 2006 interview. View some of her past work.

— Posted on Wednesday 11th December, 2019

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