The west coast series is an exploration of places that bring not only peace, but a breath of inspiration. In this case, a brief trip to San Diego turned into an overwhelming flood of emotions when standing on the cliff of La Jolla Cove to witness the rich life it attracted. These were the colors that imprinted in her mind.

Details: Gouache, Acrylic, Oil, Charcoal on Canvas Paper, Signature on Bottom Right

Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches

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About this Artist

Born and raised in The South by two Persian parents, Sheyda Mehrara has always felt a little bit of an outsider. She just didn’t recognize and leverage it as a superpower until recently. Taking ownership and learning to fall in love with the very parts that she once felt shame around have led her to pick up a paintbrush.

Sheyda is now a mixed media painter living in Atlanta, GA. Largely self-taught, as an art career was not supported as a first generation immigrant child, she has utilized her travels, her cinephilia, her heritage and more to inform her work.

"'What are these emotions & why do I feel it so intensely?' I find myself asking all too often. Before the emotions would bubble up, suffocate me, bind me, cast a spell for a few days. What I didn’t realize is that each was a mirror in gaining a better understanding of my deepest desires &, equally important but not mutually exclusive, my latent triggers.

For so long, I didn't know what to do with the rush...to the flood of emotions I felt so often. I marked it as a curse because the burden felt so strong. These paintings allow me to face those feelings & confront them. Instead of punishing myself for those sentiments, the brushstrokes allow me to turn it into a positive self-dialogue. It's all in effort to learn who I am and what I stand for & in turn help others navigate the process of healing."