Mariam Qureshi is a self-taught Visual Artist who has been painting since she was 5 years old as it is something which brings her happiness. She didn't study art at the university because she never thought she could display her works to anyone. However, in 2015 Mariam was presented with a studio sponsorship which allowed her to open her own studio and turn it into a little art gallery with art works on exhibit by lots of amazing artists from Edmonton, Canada. Running an artist run studio was hard work but Mariam loved it as it allowed her to create and exhibit and show works by others who were similar to her.
In 2017, she was selected by the Museum of Austria to exhibit her work at their exhibition in the Musee du Louvre which was another bright highlight in her art career. The experience allowed her to create better creations as she learned new techniques working closely with some of the curators and artists who participated in that exhibition.
Mariam loves painting with a variety of mediums, but her favourites are oil, acrylic, watercolor and ink. She also loves creating textures and drips as she adores a little mystery in art, so she prefers to create paintings with a mixture of contemporary styles.
Her artistic idols have always been abstract, surrealist, impressionists, and expressionist artists such as Dali, Jackson Pollack, H. Margritte, Georgia O'keefe, Monet and Basquiat amongst others. She mostly uses the palette knife as she finds it easier to give depth to colors. She also prefers to create larger paintings, murals, creating art shows and teaching art.
She has recently started print making and also started an outdoor art workshop called Art meets Nature, where she invites patrons on a hike where they make sketches to later complete them at her studio. Her work mostly comes from her imagination, but nature and the environment tend to be her biggest muse. It has allowed her to create a few paintings that have very simplicity in the brushstrokes. She will continue to follow this chosen path to create paintings that are refreshing, inspired by nature and emotions.