The Embrace  (Acrylic 36" x 36")  Symbolizes the yearning for humanity to be embraced by unconditional Love.

~~~Pyar ki Laherein~~~

~~~Waves of Love~~~

Wo bar bar mujsay poochain gain
Wo bar bar mujsay poochain gain

They will ask me again and again
They will ask me again and again


Ye aap nai kaisay quiya?
Ye aap nai kaisay quiya?

How did you do it?
How did you do it?


Mai pallutt ker muskeraoon gi
I will turn, and smile
Aur ankh milla ker khahoon gi
Look in your eyes, and say

Ye duniya sub aik dhoka tha
This world was all an illusion!
Jab thak mainay "socha" tha
As long as I believed my thoughts/delusions

Is duniya mein mainay hur cheez paayi
In this world, I gained all material measure
Muggar na milli mujhe merri Khudayi
But I couldn't find my Divine treasure

Jab thak mainay "socha" tha
As long as I believed "my" thoughts/ delusions
Ye duniya sab aik dhoka tha!
This world was all an incredible illusion!

Apnay aap ko jab Rooh nai paichaanna
Until Grace, when itself, Spirit recognized
Tho hur khauf ban gaya anjana
Then every fear became un-disguised

Aur meray Dil nai kahaa...
And my heart said
Aaa, meray saath aa!
Come, come with me!

Qayinaat ki sahar karrein!
Let's surf the Cosmos below and above!
Aur kuch bhi nahein, sirf Pyar ki laherein.
There is nothing else, just waves of Love...

                                                  ~ Saima Yousuf

Whirling One
48" x 48" Acrylic on Canvas
Bronze, gold, and silver highlights in broad, square strokes comprise the background of this whirling sufi in ecstatic motion.
Threshold
48" x 48" Acrylic on Canvas
Rendition of a whirling Mevlevi dancer on the
Threshold of Union with the Beloved.
Rooh
48" x 60" Gold Enamel Paint/Acrylic on Canvas
A 'Flow" method acrylic emulsion depicting the soul's journey back to it's Source.
Portal
36" x 36" Acrylic on Canvas
Arms crossed across the chest, to symbolize The One. Celestial body represents the Universal Truth.
Dervish
30" x 48" Acrylic on Canvas
Abstracted whirling dervish's motions are depicted by removing navy paint to reveal the turquoise below.
Shadow & Light
48" x 36" Acrylic on Canvas
We are all some parts shadow, some parts light, dancing in the cosmos.
The Embrace
$1000 36" x 36" Acrylic on Canvas
The yearning for humanity to be embraced by unconditional Love.The microcosm of atoms within us, and macrocasm of swirling galaxies.
Drops
$500 40" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. Rumi
Broken
$350 30" x 24" Acrylic on Canvas
The white horse emerges as a peaceful manifestation - painted during a turbulent time of crisis. A beauty that can emerge from the depths of despair. Cuts in the canvas have been mended together and painted over, instead of it being thrown away. As in the Japanese art philosophy of "Kintsugi" - an embracing of the imperfect. Cracks and repairs were simply an event in the life of the canvas, rather than its service coming to an end at time of breakage.
Mercury Rising
$500 24" x 36" Acrylic on Canvas
Let the fire burn you into ashes, only then, will you Rise.
Behind the Mask
$200 16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas
What are you thinking? Who is it that thinks? Who watches the thinker?
Tears of Gold
$200 16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas
Inspired by Gustav Klimpt, a tale of a broken heart.
The Rose
$375 16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas
Light and Colors study of the beauty of a rose.
Sunflowers
$200 16' x 24" Acrylic on Canvas
Rendition of VanGogh's famous flower.
The Big Bang
26" x 32" Acrylic on Canvas (Framed)
A cubist take on ribbons of DNA, Black Holes, and atoms swirling through the creation of existence. When the Source of All said, "Be!" and it was.
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Saima Yousuf, Artist

Throughout her life, Saima Yousuf has consistently been drawn to create beauty and question spiritual truth. She pursued art in high school, and then went on to major in Fine Arts at The College of NJ. One of her greatest memories from college is when renowned Prof Wendell Brooks said that her work resounds with "soul". She graduated with honors in 1995, and after working at Ethan Allen as a designer for many years, decided to follow a yearning to be more expressive in creating art that transcends the human condition.

Currently, she runs a holistic art studio in Hamilton, NJ, where she creates art, teaches art classes, hosts meditation, yoga, and paint nights. Her intention in creating art is to bring the attention of you, the viewer, back to the essence of where we all originate from, our collective consciousness, or Source. Her subject matter varies from the cosmos, abstracts, seascapes, or the female form, but is usually centered around the theme of spiritual union. Her paintings are symbolic depictions of our shared suffering, and the transformative power of acceptance, and Love. Saima meditates as she paints, becoming a hollow vessel through which something greater can be expressed. In this process, she is humble and receptive, as she explores the meaning of existence.

She hopes her work inspires questions which get to the heart of our purpose in the universe. Her artwork is included in private art collections in NY and NJ; has been on display in Langston Hughes Cultural Center, NY; Hopewell Valley Gallery, NJ; and was selected into juried exhibitions at West Windsor Arts Council and faculty exhibition at TCNJ. She has done painting events at the Grounds for Sculpture, W hotel, and EVR lounge in Manhattan. She continues to create commissioned works, as well as a new emerging series.

Latest Work - The Sufi Series

Saima's current series focuses on the Whirling dance, or active meditation, which is practiced by the Sufi dervishes of the Mevlevi order in a worship ceremony, through which dervishes aim to reach the source of all perfection. This is sought through emptying one's mind of all thoughts, personal desires (nafs), by synching to the music, and spinning one's body in repetitive circles, which has been seen as a symbolic imitation of planets orbiting the sun in the Solar System, as well as the entire galaxies.

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Drops

$500 40" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. Rumi