Everyday Creative People is a weekly interview series dedicated to showcasing the real face of creative living. Each week, I interview a diverse selection of doers, dreamers, and makers to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of cultivating an active creative practice in your life (whatever your end goal may be).
For anyone who wishes they had more time and freedom to play, who struggles with creative blocks, or who is trying to figure out how to make a living while making art, we're here to stumble through the madness by your side.
Awais Javed is a neurobiologist studying the development of the retina for his PhD. He is a first-generation Saudi-born Pakistani who has been fortunate enough to live and travel to the U.K and Canada for his studies. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, Awais had zero exposure to the act of artistic creation, and didn't really get into the arts at all until he was in London studying for his undergraduate degree. About two years ago, he started to dabble in oil paintings and now he is hooked. In his brief time as a self-taught visual artist, he has developed a surrealistic style. His influences include Salvadore Dali, Rene Magritte, and more recently, David Lynch. In this episode, we discuss what it's like to discover art later in life, we talk about the places where art and science intersect, the importance of choosing friends who will support your creative self, and balancing being a full time professional with an active creative practice.