We had the good fortune of connecting with Asiya Nouretdinova and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Asiya, how does your business help the community?
Being a proud Muslim woman has given me plenty of opportunities to test my patience and resilience. So many beautiful women have inspired me throughout my life to never give up. My grandmother survived WWII as a child losing most of her family due to starvation and yet she persisted. My mother has been a teacher for over 35 years and watching her transform lives of so many children encourages me to continue, hoping that I will inspire someone myself. My religion is visible to people around me as they see my headscarf on my head. I use this opportunity to open doors of communication and understanding. After all I am simply another human being with her own faults and insecurities.
When I was growing up being a Muslim female painter was quite unheard of. And even though now numbers are growing, it’s still insignificant compared to overall number of Muslims in the world. My religion is not my limitation but quite the opposite – source of inspiration. I strive to show through my work that anyone can paint. I know this phrase is overused sometimes but it is a simple truth. Because art is not just talent as some might think, but rather practice and passion. It can be yet another landscape but if speaks to you, then you have been able to connect with artist, understand his or her emotions and feelings.
I hope my viewers see my passion for this beautiful world in my pieces and for a second forget about any kind of prejudice. Indeed, we are all just human trying to to uplift each other.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an artist who paints beautiful world around me with the help of color and vibrancy. I get my inspiration from nature, which never cease to amaze me. I graduated Art school quite a while ago but only recently decided to follow my dream of painting professionally. I had my first exhibit in Allen, TX right before pandemic and was excited for what’s to come. COVID definitely put a pause on many of my plans but I decided to use this time to practice and focus on subjects I want to paint.

So many times in life things don’t go as planned, but if one door closes, believe me many more will open. Patience is essential in art not only when you work on your pieces, but also when you try to navigate the world you have never been part of. It’s not easy to be successful artist but you can’t give up without trying your hardest. Once you start displaying your artwork, it will do what it’s supposed to do – speak to your audience.

Art is also evolving. I started off painting landscapes and then I discovered challenges and excitement of painting architecture. I love combining elements of both in my pieces, especially showcasing city of Houston.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love Railway Heights for its abundant display of local eats and crafts. For food I definitely recommend MM Grill. It’s small spot in Medical center that never disappoints. Houston is spoiled because we have so much greenery around us even downtown. Buffalo Bayou is a must see!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wonderful family, my parents and my brother, husband and children for always supporting me and believing in me. For my dear friend Safa for giving me the best advice and all other women who braved the fear to follow their dreams!

Website: Www.artbyasiya.com.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/artbyasiya1

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