Elaf Selim a self-taught artist/painter. She has a background in IT and jewelry design but started focusing on visual arts in 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta. She now lives in Ottawa where she paints daily in her home studio and develops her techniques inspired by the beauty of nature in her surroundings.
I am a painter of landscapes and abstract art. I rediscovered painting and have painted regularly since 2017. I paint to capture scenes and moments that light up my heart. I take photos of beautiful cloudy skies, garden flowers and trees everywhere I go. They inspire me to create my landscape paintings. I am also moved by fun, happy colors and varying textures and botanical patterns and I use them in my abstract paintings. I use acrylic paints, oil pastels, inks and pigments. My style is abstract and impressionistic; I love the imperfect swipes and visible brush strokes, the energy and emotions behind the marks, and the use of bright, happy and whimsical colors.