Marcel Proust wrote “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”. The “charming gardeners” for artist Sahba Shere, must surely be her busy accomplished Canadian family, her beloved mother, dynamic brothers, and her adoring and impressive (American) teenage sons. As she chats about her childhood, the travel and living abroad she has done, an easy gratitude emanates from her every pore. This creative listed her various homes over the years this way: Canada - Cleveland - Atlanta - Minneapolis - Paris, France - Bangalore India, and finally Palo Alto. But it was in India that she discovered her love of painting and her ability to do it well.
Wati : What is one of your favorite quotes?
Sahba : "Happiness is the best make-up".
Wati : Where do you do your best work?
Sahba : I have a new studio in the Cubberley Center in Palo Alto. I put in some new lighting and am in the process of renovating the space. I paint there but I also meet clients there.
Wati : What's a typical day look like for you?
Sahba : I'm up at 5.45am - I try to do a little meditation. I'm walking, jogging or doing yoga every day. My boys are both in high school and I help them get off to school in the morning. I'm in the studio about 4-6 times a week. I try to get in up to 5 hours of work each day. I come home between 2 -4pm, unwind with my favorite music and really enjoy cooking for the family.
Wati : How would you describe your painting style?
Sahba : Acrylic. Meditative, Rothko influenced.
Wati : Who are your customers?
Sahba : Devoted private collectors, hotels and corporations around the world.
Wati : Best advice you'd give a friend?
Sahba : Bloom where you're planted.
Wati : How do you organize your time?
Sahba : I spend 65% of my time actually painting and then about 35% is admin work. When I can, I have my accountant/assistant help me. Travel and promotional work, like gallery openings fall under "admin".
Music : I'm passionate about all music and most genres. Bryan Ferry, David Bowie, The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson…Talking Heads…Indian classical music.
Books/Magazines : The Wild Swans, The Age of Innocence, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Tropic of Cancer, Vanity Fair.
Movies : Age of Innocence, Shawshank Redemption, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, An Education.
Food : French, Italian, Indian, Singaporean, Vietnamese…. Dos Caminos ( NYC) Alessa and Watermarc (Laguna Beach) Delfina, Hogg Island Oyster Co (San Francisco).
I’ve lived all over but my time in Paris was my personal favorite. I really grew there as a person. I soaked up the art, I learned to really cook and I found so much joy in entertaining”. So what does blooming where you’re planted actually mean for her? “It means that no matter where you are in life, you don’t wait to make your dreams come true. You embrace the now”.