Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you! See all of our past Artists of the Week in our dedicated section.
Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with different mediums?
Nida Ansari: I have been painting ever since I can remember. I passionately believe that you do not choose art, but art chooses you, and it is up to you to put in the work to refine your skills. After college, I got my degree in fine arts as I thought it was my true call. As a part of my art curriculum, I have dabbled in different mediums like oils, acrylics, charcoal, etc., but I prefer watercolors the most. I think it is a very spontaneous and direct medium, and I like the challenges it presents as an artist.
Tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work in it.
My process is simple. I make a light sketch first and then add layers of washes as I add more details each time.
Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from.
Since childhood, I have had this unique attraction to lights and shadows. As I matured, different places, incidents and emotions greatly affected my paintings. Since I moved to Seattle a few years ago, I find myself painting landscapes and nature-inspired by the beauty of PNW more than ever. The extreme contrast in light here creates bigger contrasts to the seasons. I love the constantly changing seasons. Each season has its own beauty. The beautiful balance of light and darkness is my greatest source of inspiration.
Do you have a specific "beat" you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
Nature — landscape and still life.
Do you have one piece of art that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
The very first painting that I sold has an interesting story and the lesson it taught me. I painted a ballerina. I was not confident enough to post it as I felt it was flawed and was not perfect. But I still posted it on my Instagram account and was surprised by the love and appreciation I got for that painting. A lot of people reached out to purchase that painting, and very soon, it was sold. That day I realized art is subjective, and what may seem imperfect to one could be perfect for another.
What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
I have been painting as a hobby throughout my school days, but I never thought about it as a career option. During my college years studying accounting, I realized my true calling for art. That is when I decided that after I complete my accounting degree, I will pursue a career in art and enroll in an art school for a degree in fine arts. This experience in my life made me realize it is never too late to pursue your true passion. I am proud of that decision today.
If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
linktr.ee/fineartbynida. Currently, my Instagram account is where I am most active, but I plan to post more on my Etsy shop soon. I also accept commissions via email, email@example.com.
What is next for you? Anything you are working on right now that you are excited about?
I am excited about participating in the West Seattle art walk.
Lastly, how do you have your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
With milk and sugar, but I love tea more.