“I paint when an image is pushing to get out of my imagination, at that point it's not even a choice anymore. I am never more confident and content than when I paint. It's a feeling I sometimes struggle to instil in other aspects of my life, but in front of a canvas there is no room for doubt. A lot of the painting I do is with my hands, no brushes or tools, so in some ways I get to feel like a child again as well…So by the end of it I've got emotional, physical, and psychological catharsis.”
Fatima is a 34-year-old scientist in antibody discovery who delves into creativity and volunteering in her spare time. Not only is she passionate about painting, she also loves reading and immersing herself so completely in books that people will have to yell to get her attention back. Fatima told me, “books fill the sails of my imagination and within moments, I'm gone.” She also loves finding herself under a starry night sky. Nothing reminds her more to ground herself as, “the universe staring down at [her].” Fatima’s favourite quality about herself is continuously learning and admitting when she is wrong and changing her stance. What’s most important to Fatima is being of service. She dedicates her time to a number of organizations-- Voices of Muslim Women (VMW) being one of them-- where she is the co-founder, board vice president, and program director. She told me she’s, “most hopeful for initiating programs that foster healing, connection, and growth at multiple levels.” When I asked her what her biggest hope is she told me, “that people realize how much choice, power, and potential they truly have and realize how much their actions impact the world around them.”
What is a fun fact about you that you haven’t told me yet?
"I wanna see the world...every bit of it. i spent my childhood watching national geographic and my mind is full of so many images that I can only convince myself they are real if I go see them myself. So I will."
How do you want to be perceived?
"As someone who can be trusted and relied on."