There is a dearth of budding entrepreneurs as artists in Pakistan from Generation Y who have taken their creativity professionally. Many have settled abroad after high school or graduation while many others are lining up in search of better jobs, better spouses. Several have achieved the dreams they announced, several have lost the hopes they did not say out loud.
In it, something delicate is lost. Something that speaks for them and of them. It is something so elegantly poised within them; one cant shake it out. It can only mature like a blossom: a strong wind might blow it away.
We got in conversation with Anum Naseer, a similar budding artist from Lahore, who has already taken her talent on a professional level as she teaches “Sketching and Drawing” to nearly 40 fellow and senior students at Kinnaird College’s Summer Camp 2018, a short-course which is open to public.
Though only 19 years of age and an English Literature final year student at Kinnaird College for Women, she has allowed her to “bee” herself, at least during her college days.
“What makes teaching art so different from teaching any other subject is that you never impose any one idea or lesson to the students. Individuality and creativity in art, for me is more important than anything else. Each student needs to be encouraged and helped in their own personal way and that is why I love doing it so much. It’s an absolute privilege to be able to help other art enthusiasts to channel their thoughts and ideas onto a canvas“.
She is a self taught artist who believed that there was a “need and desire to recreate the beautiful things” around her. She prefers using water colors because “you can work with them more freely and spontaneously. Also it makes the work process a very relaxing one“.
She clearly comes off as a peace-loving, soul-enriching person. Nothing short of that.
A memorable moment in her short, yet worthwhile journey since she acknowledged her potential:
On a digital medium, she clearly excels like no other:
Her message for upcoming artists:
“Always put a little a little bit of yourself in what you make. Don’t try to make art just to please people or get their approval. You will never be happy that way“.
Couldn’t have said it better myself!