Driven by an intense desire to inspire a new generation that believes in uniqueness, in human values and the nobility of the universal language that is love, I devote my entire being, my experience and my talents to serve the Good, Beauty and Truth.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, a nexus of cross-cultural encounters, I began my long search for an understanding of my self, the Other, God and the world around me. Rebellious despite my young age, I defended my freedom and my way of being. I outright refused the common social order, the molds, the pre-packaged, prejudice, the attitude of “what would people say?”, submission and injustice, believing that all of this only leads to the erasure of one’s self, stifling originality, creativity and one’s way of being. I incessantly sought to defy this hypocritical and unjust trend and went “outside the box” to pursue my own path, laying rails for my train of thought to travel down in pursuit of my ambitions and my dreams. I was in this world but not of this world. Despite the painful circumstances of the civil war in Lebanon and feelings of fear and insecurity, I fought to obtain a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations, which began with courses in journalism and social and artistic communications. I worked hard, full of good will and passion for reading and personal research. I questioned everything, fueled both by my anxiety in the face of ignorance and my enthusiasm for knowledge. I continued to sculpt my knowledge, which in turn sculpted me. This knowledge was beautiful—a knowledge of how to be myself. I graduated, ranked at the top of my class.
For five years, I worked in advertising agencies, which I enjoyed and excelled at. However, believing in my mission more than in this profession, I felt compelled to change paths and began teaching art in private French-language schools and offering visual and conceptual art courses in a Lebanese-American university, as well as at technical institutes. 17 years of teaching in this field, accompanying children, youths and adults at schools and the university, dealing with topics of social values and communication, was an unspeakably enriching and fulfilling experience.
Thanks to my profound passion for the formation of free, unique, and exceptional individuals, I devoted myself completely to teaching and was able to earn the love and respect of my students and colleagues, which led to my being made responsible for coordinating the art department at every organization where I taught. Driven by an intense desire to inspire a new generation that believes in uniqueness, in human values and the nobility of the universal language that is love, I devote my entire being, my experience and my talents to serve the good, beauty and truth.
From all this, “Le soleil m’a dit” was born.