"Artists Look At The World Differently..." An Interview With Artist Samira Baharlou.

Updated: Jan 7, 2021

Agatha K. Rokicki for The World Of Art Gallery.

September 28, 2020.

Samira Baharlou, an Iranian Artist living in Batumi, Georgia. Known for her watercolor, acrylic

and gouache paintings and illustrations, but most importantly for touching upon very important subject matters such as global warming and climate change.

Through her art, Samira makes us realize how important our environment is to not only us but to our future generations and what we should do to preserve it and to conserve it.

In her art, the Artist focuses on sensitive topics, dear to her subject matters and advocates for

the weak ones.

Samira Baharlou, an Artist, an Activist, a Woman of Courage...

Portrait of Samira Baharlou.

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Samira Baharlou - An Artist.

What does it mean to you?

Artists look at the world differently, perhaps they see the realities of life with their imagination. An artist is someone who needs to see the subjects from different angles. She/he should look at the reality of the subjects. She/he needs to think about the worst, hoping for the best. She/he goes from being negative to being positive, or has as William Shakespeare “to be or not to be” philosophy.

What is your background?

My parents were art lovers but it was not reasonable for them to look at it as an occupation for me, thus I had no chance to study this field. After high-school, I found a job to live my own life and postponed my dream to learn art at a university. I kept it in my mind everyday and I was looking for an opportunity to make my dream a reality.

After a few years, I registered at the Art Institute to study painting. Three years later, I came back to college but this time to study Fine Art.

When did your art career begin and how did it all come about?

I’ve always known that I wanted to be an Artist. I had actually imagined these days when I was 13-14 years old. This got serious for me when I was working at an interior design company.

At that time, I understood that I really loved art and I couldn't separate myself from it.

“No Tree, No Me!”

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Why do you love what you do?

I love it because it makes me happy. Art allows me to see the world differently. It can never be a repeating life theme. Art lets your soul and mind fly.

What has been the highest of your career so far?

Being considered as an influential artist in the world.

What inspires and influences your work?

I try not to follow bad news, but few matters really annoy me. These include domestic violence, gender discrimination and global warming. Hence the Global Warming and Climate Change Series that I did. Unfortunately I am simply not able to depict violent issues...

I love animals. They are very important to me. I focus my artwork on them.

“The Creation.”

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Describe a real life situation that inspired you?

I was born during the war between Iran and Iraq. My whole childhood was spent in the war zone, fear and anxiety. Having a peaceful world is certainly very important for me. Due to my childhood and being raised during war time, I create works of art that make my audience aware of certain issues and warn people of their negative consequences such as global warming and climate change.

What is your daily routine when working and do you receive studio visits?

At the present time, I have to work at home, which sometimes makes me lazy. I force myself to work like the people who are working regular day jobs outside their homes.

I wake up at 6:00 a.m. and do some personal work. I prepare lunch and breakfast. I start my work at 9:00 a.m. and work till 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. I have one hour for lunch and some rest.

I also workout. If I’m not tired, I continue my work until 9:00 p.m. I study a little bit before going to sleep.

Do you ever experience an artist's block? What do you do to overcome it?

A lot of times, especially when I decided to work on climate change. At that time I didn't have any idea on how to approach it. I have worked on Iranian paintings and patterns for many years and suddenly I decided to add a new object to my work.

What I did was to look at the photos and works of other painters and read some articles on that subject matter. That gave me a few important hints.

“This Is Not About A Game!”

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Who would you most like to collaborate with and why?

There are some painters that I love works of and I would like to collaborate with, but I prefer to work with hyper realism artists because their technique and exactitude to details is brilliant.

I would also like to work with interior designers because that way you can experience different styles.