Maryam Ashtsham // Maryam Art Studio
Star Castle Spotlights are monthly artist spotlights that feature one of the many artists/makers that inspire the Star Castle community.
Maryam and I connected via Instagram awhile back, bonding over fine art and the nuances of running a creative online business. I’m awed by her resilience, her unique eye for creating intricate collages, and her playfulness with color & form.
This unstoppable momma is working to build a business from her passion – art. Like many of you readers out there, she’s faced a few hurdles along the way. I hope reading through her journey inspires you to push through on your own.
Remember to give Maryam some love on Instagram! We are all stronger together.
I am London Based Artist and Mom of 3 boys. I believed in challenging myself and my creativity urged me to produce unique artwork. My work is characterized by colourful abstract and mixmedia Art inspired by anything, everything & infused with positivity.
My Art is Full of Joy & Colours and reflects Nature".
Art has always been part of my life in different ways and now it has become an obsession. I enjoy experimenting with different materials and techniques, so I select the material mindfully and start to create an exceptional and unique piece of art. The end result gives a powerful reflection of inspiration and challenges that I gather from the beauty I personally see in the world.
🌈 Maryam Art Studio 🌈 was born out of a combination of my passion and my love towards art and colours, which allows my perspective as an Artist to remain traditional and bright.
Making art is my passion
When I am not busy working on a project, I am thinking about new ideas. Art is how I battle against the indifference of humans and offer new ways of viewing the world.
Art full of joy & colours
I want to see myself working as As a full time Artist. I want to get so busy in making Art for others that my husband can leave his 2 jobs (which he is doing to run our family), relax and start spending more time with us at home.
I want to create Art all day everyday.
Some voice come from inside tells me it’s finished... until I hear that voice, I won't stop...
I have a small room in my home that was supposed to be my older son’s room, but I took it to make it my studio – my happiest place in the world.
Money is a big obstacle.
I have no money to display my artwork in art fairs and galleries, no money to frame my artwork, and no money to take part in small markets and exhibitions. I just have enough money to buy my art supplies every month to create some pieces of art.
So I choose a free platform, social media, to put my work in front of art lovers so they can view and purchase my art.
I believe art should be affordable for every budget. I believe that all art lovers should have a chance to buy a piece that sings to their soul because traditionally art was only affordable to the supper duper wealthy.
We all have bills and budget to live and I love my art is accessible to people on every budget.
Always use the best material and finished every piece to the same quality A mini artwork should get the same VIP treatment as a 2m long canvas.
Let’s spread the art without breaking the bank.
Do you sense how all the the parts of a good picture involved with each other, not just placed side buy side?
Art is the creation for the Eye and can only be hinted at with words.
“Establishing a creative business is not easy.”
“It is a process and you learn small things everyday.”
💟 Speaking my heart out... 💟
I’ve had a dream to establish my creative business for a long time and now I can see some light of hope... now somehow the dream is starting to take shape.
Establishing a creative business is not easy.
While getting to know all the behind scenes– how tough it is to manage website, social media, posting your item on different shops/platforms and divert traffic to your website, find your Ideal customers – it’s been hard to that find time to create.
I have no special education in business, but with the time and an effort l am putting in this, I have gradually started learning new skills to run my business. Of course, I still have a lot to learn, but I realize one thing: that it is a process and you learn small things everyday.
I don't know If I will be successful one day but at least I am trying and for this I am happy & fingers crossed. Making Paintings is my passion but to have business out of it is comes out with a dream to help my husband in financial matters.
I am not working because I have to look after 3 young children and they are our 1st priority so we decided that my husband will work & I will look after our kids for now.
He is doing extra hours of work and even working on weekends after a whole week of hard work since he knows he is the one who have to pay the bills & rent in the end. 😐 A thought is always running in my mind and I can't take myself out of it: a dream to help this man and share his burden so he can have some relax time. I am proud of him as he never complains & just continously does all the hard work with a smile on his face. ❤
So now all my goal is to support him so he can relax on weekends & enjoy that time with us.
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