After finishing her masters in Fine Arts at 25, Pritpal (my mom) came back to her pind(village), painted a portrait of her dad - her dad was her biggest supporter, next to her dadima(grandma).
This painting will only live through these photos because my mom painted a portrait of her dadima on the same canvas after. I will be posting that portrait next. She told me that she painted over a lot of her old paintings while she was in school because art supplies like canvases were quite expensive in Punjab back in the 80's. During that period of her life, she was living life of a starving artist. And today, everytime I see an artist painting over their old painting, a part of my soul cries.
My mom was the first woman in the her pind(village) to obtain a Masters degree despite the negativity she faced from others & even her own extended family. They had wanted her to marry after finishing her Bachelor's but my nanaji and my mom's dadima were admant that she pursue her dreams of higher education. Back then, women's rights or educating women wasn't the norm. Because of the challenges she faced in regards to her own education, my mom has always been passionate about empowering women through education - rejecting the notion that women can't pursue higher levels of education past a certain age, past their "marriageable age." It sure pissed off a few people in the family. After getting married, she decided to go back to school to obtain her teaching degree while taking care of two babies. She spent 10 years teaching Art & Punjabi, while adovating for young girls to receive free education. Later in life, she made the decision to go back to school in Canada. She got her diploma as an Education Assistant at the age of 45 while balancing painting, running a household and being a mother on top of it. Today, my mom works with the school district board to provide care & education to kids with autism, gardening, knitting, painting suits or canvases or anything she can throw paint on🎨🌹 #paintedbypritpal #Throwbackthursday #throwback #punjab #sikh #sikhartist #southasianartist #southasianart #sikhart #kaur #vintage #vintagephoto #oldphoto