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May 18, 2012 > Portrait Painting Demonstration

Portrait Painting Demonstration

Submitted By Diane Leys

National and International award winning artist Farshid Namei will present a portrait painting workshop at Olive Hyde Art Center on Wednesday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

With a degree in engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, Farshid came to the U.S. in 1974. She continued her education earning an MBA at University of San Francisco and a CFP from the College of Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. After a successful career as a financial planner and V.P. with a major bank, Farshid left the corporate world to focus on her childhood dream of becoming an artist.

Motivated by her desire to paint, Farshid enrolled in art classes at Ohlone College and recently, two of her portraits were selected for the annual international competition at Salon International in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, the April 2012 edition of "American Art Collector," a magazine specially written for galleries, collectors and painters of traditional fine art, is showing Farshid's work. Two paintings are being shown at the Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. In June, Farshid's work will be shown locally.

Using oil and acrylic paint Farshid prefers to paint portraits. Her portfolio includes still life and landscape paintings. Her passion for painting is reflected in her work. "I like to paint portraits because it is both challenging and gratifying. A portrait is not done until it talks to me. And when it does talk to me, something amazing happens. My heart starts to beat faster. That is the moment that I have to stop and breathe. At that instance I feel no longer alone."

Farshid's Olive Hyde presentation will include a brief description of her painting process. She will demonstrate her technique on a small portrait. Participants are encouraged to bring several photos to draw or paint from. Live models may also be used. Attendees will also need to bring their medium of choice and appropriate papers or canvas. There will be a brief critique session and an opportunity to ask questions.

Sponsored by Olive Hyde Art Guild, this workshop is free to the community. Reservations are required as space is limited. Please call Elaina at (510) 651-4441.

Portrait Painting Demonstration
Wednesday, May 23
10 a.m. to noon
Olive Hyde Art Center
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 651-4441

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