Farhana believes the artistic genes were passed to her from her Dad but she has artists from both sides of the family who influenced her career and passion. She grew up in an extended family, full of artists with natural gifts in many formats- from pencil sketches to oil painting to sculpturing.
She knew earlier on she can simply pick up a pencil and draw someone’s face or any object around her with ease. The walls of the house where she grew up bear proof to her early aspirations! Inspired by what she saw growing up and wanting to express the artist in her more fully, she decided to take formal education by majoring in Expressive Art in college.
She further honed in her skills by taking certification courses from the School of Fine Arts in Karachi, Pakistan. In addition, she has done private tutoring in her ongoing quest to fulfill her passion for artistic expressions. She taught Fine Art to college students in Pakistan before moving to the United States about 25 years ago. She used her art education and the natural gift, while teaching for fourteen years at a school in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Farhana believes an artist’s work gives her fans and lovers of art, an insight into her mind and the way the artist looks at nature and the world. Her main focus is on portraits , illustrations, calligraphy, and she uses the palette knife, oil and pencil to express herself, though she feels comfortable using a wide variety of artistic tools. Her other passion is paying tribute to the work of famous people who have made a difference in others’ lives by drawing their portraits , as well as capturing the natural beauty in her paintings by using oil.