Mahsa Shoeleh Hometown: Orange County

Born in 1974 in Tehran, where she was also formally educated in graphic arts, Mahsa departed from the orthodox genres and began to blend a rich ancient Persian artistic heritage with a modern style of her own to express inner reflections on life and lamentations on human existence through the delicate interplay of visual harmonies and the flow of dazzling and bold colors. She uses a unique technique of applying colors, primarily using her fingertips, to create a tapestry of brilliant hues textured richly on her canvas that transform emotions into unique images of people, animals, flora, and sometimes abstract shapes. Her distinctive signature-style, reminiscent of childhood innocence, seeks to convey a sense of emotional reality with a dash of hope embedded in each creation.