We always have to come up with a goal, I had a dream, it is not good to call it dream; that was my passion. Medical Studies and Painting are two completely different pursuits. From a young age I was aware I had a capability which I was very fond of. Painting wasn’t just a hobby for me for I cud spend all day at it without even realising. It is fair to say it became an obsession for me.
Some of my paintings:
I never took any lessons. It was a talent I naturally possessed. As a child I would draw in my books and on the walls and slowly but surely I came to realise that my talents were indisputable. Then I started making my art on a larger scale. I also continued with my studies but whenever I had any free time I would spend it painting. I would show them off to my family and friends and receive much praise for it. I would even gift them to my acquaintances.
Everyone who saw them would push me to further improve my talent by studying it professionally or to at least participate in competitions. I would always excuse myself by saying that once I was finished with my studies I would definitely pursue an education in arts. In truth I was apprehensive about pursing it for 2 other reasons
1) I was aware I was talented but I didn’t feel as if I could hold my own in front or against others.
2) Also my father did not appreciate me pursuing arts. He felt as though it could hinder my education. I was always troubled by going against him or disappointing him in any way.
I worked very hard to bring even more lustre to my natural gift so that I could impress more people and not only face off in any competition but become the best painter.
I participated in many competitions. Even in my university King Edward if there was a drawing competition I would be among the firsts to apply.
One day I went against my father and took part in a Youth Painting Competition at Expo Center. I was training at Shaukat Khanum at the time and took time off to go participate in the competition. This competition also had international participants and I became even more nervous. I wanted to represent my country in this competition which is why I displayed a painting of Badshahi Mosque that I had done. By the Grace of Allah, I won first place and Rs. 10000 as prize money. This was the first prize I had ever received and I cannot put into words the absolute delight and pride I felt that day.
My second achievement came in my university where they held a Calligraphy Competition. I penned down two verses of Ghalib on a scenic picture which I painted myself. The judges were impressed by my artwork and awarded me first position and a shield.
I am now aspiring to become so accomplished that people recognize me for my craft.