'I get my inspiration from my surroundings' - Said Al-Alawi

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

I was a teacher for 10 years, and after that, in the educational administration I moved to become the head of the individual skills section (Physical Education / Plastic Arts / Musical Skills) -
- Member of the Youth Studio
- Member of the Omani Society for Fine Arts
-One of the pioneers of plastic art in the Sultanate of Oman
-Interested in registering folklore, such as dances, songs, heritage objects, and employing them in a modern way, in addition to interest in the art of sculptures.

2. When did you decide you wanted to be a painter/illustrator?

I decided to be a painter since I was in high school and tried to study art, but I did not have the opportunity to not have an art college. So I was able to become determined to grow and develop my abilities in a personal capacity.

Slowly, and steadily I converted my passion into a profession that helped me earn my daily bread and butter.

3. Is it a financially stable career?

Fine Arts is not just a profession for me but rather a passion and love. Being a government employee, I practice art for art, the financial role is a secondary thing in art. Selling art works depends on people's interest and the desire to acquire so I sell my work through publishing on Instagram and Facebook and some art galleries or exhibitions held either public or private.

4. Who is your favorite illustrator and why?

My favorite artist is the Omani artist "Anwar Sonia". Being one of the most prominent artists and closest to me in terms of his love for heritage and recording arts and heritage in a modern and distinctive way, he's never failed to impressed me with his works and his personality.

5. Where do you get inspired to create art?

My biggest source of inspiration is the one that I get by watching and reflecting on the things surrounding me in society. From heritage or songs to reading and acquaintance in addition to the artistic imagination that I possess, all these elements inspire me to become a better version of myself and overflow what I feel onto the canvas.

6. What does your typical day look like?

So, my typical day looks somewhat like this... 

A day filled with loads of positivity and inspiration surrounding me calling out for me to come and paint the canvas of the world with my paints and brushes. It's the perfect day to enjoy painting without any interruptions or influences that hinder the artwork you are completing.

It might look like a story straight from the fairy tales to you, but that's what my typical day spends mostly. Or you can say that I try to spend my day in this manner only, where I enjoy each moment and cherish the day.

7. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring illustrators?

The advice I would like to give to aspiring painters is to continue drawing and experimenting and not link artistic production to material returns. Art is like writing daily notes by the artist writing them differently with sensations and colors so honest art will attract people and continue.

8. Which is your favorite book and why?

My Favorite Book "Do something different) Because it contains successful experiences for people and includes wisdom and knowledge.

Said Al-Alawi from Sultanate of Oman
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Interview By - Yamina Sai

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