A celebration of light and colour
Name: Mehtaab Kaur Wachhair. It is a Persian word. Meh means moon and taab means light – so, Light of the Moon. Kaur means Queen.
Currently: I work with the Peel Board as an early childhood educator. Also a highly passionate freelance artist with over 20 years of experience and a long list of recognized qualifications. I use clay, textiles, papier-mache, oil paint and watercolours, etc., to create handicrafts, murals, ceramics, pots, and other items for exhibitions or sale. I am a Bachelor of Fine Arts and have a Masters in History of Art. I have organized various workshops in painting as well as art summer camps, trained newly appointed arts teachers, and also take art classes with various age groups. I also engage myself in paint-nites and birthday parties. My works are displayed in restaurants, public organizations and in private collections. I am honoured to showcase 31 of my paintings for a music book, Namo-Geet Geetay. I was part of an exchange artist workshop at Shropshire (UK) and have won various awards at college and state level. Through my artwork, I want to make a difference and bring happiness in people’s life.
Favourite colour: I like all the colours as painting is never complete without the blend of various colours on an artist’s palette.
Favourite outfit: Salwar-kameez.
Favourite Bollywood star: Aamir Khan.
Favourite hollywood star: Julia Roberts.
Favourite movies: Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots.
Favourite singer: Sonu Nigam.
Favourite song: Jab koi baat bigad jaye...
Favourite tv show: The Kapil Sharma Show.
Favourite ice-cream flavour: Vanilla.
Favourite cuisine: Chinese.
Favourite restaurant: Brar Sweets and Restaurant.
Favourite sport: Cricket.
Favourite sportsperson: Sachin Tendulkar.
Favourite author: Robert Munsch.
Favourite activities: Cooking and playing with children.
I hang out: With my family.
I’m freaked out by: Lizards.
I need: Positivity around me.
I want to be: A full-time freelance artist.
My role models: My parents. They have always been on my side as I choose whatever career I want to pursue.
Tips to save the planet: Plant more trees, recycle, reduce, reuse.
For Diwali: As always, we’ll exchange gifts and do a family get-together.
In a perfect world: There would be love for everyone and hatred for none.
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