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March 4, 2022

How She Revels: Laila Awar Shouhayib

I’ve finally understood that I am and have always been an artist first.

I lived through two civil wars and was evacuated both times; once by the Marines and the second, with my two teenage kids, driving through Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

Age: 63

Location: Washington, DC

What’s your story?

I was raised in Washington, DC and Beirut, Lebanon — two different but equally rich cultures. I went to an English boarding school for 8 years so I tend to think about life in terms of being a part of a group of women. My first love has always been Art but I was scared to go for an MFA. Instead, I received a masters in Art Therapy. I’m now considering  returning to graduate school to work towards my MFA and my first love: the Arts.

What do you do for fun?

I listen to Maestro Jordi Savall, paint, work on my ceramics wheel, read, and knit blankets. Over the past 5 years I have knitted over 20 blankets of different sizes.

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you recently? 

I’ve finally understood that I am and have always been an artist first; that I have a unique voice and have something to say through the medium of fine art.

Last great book you read?

I just discovered Claire Keegan’s books. I read Small Things Like These and will read Walk The Blue Fields next.

Tell us something surprising about yourself?

I lived through two civil wars and was evacuated both times; once by the Marines and the second, with my two teenage kids, driving through Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

Best new discovery? 

That I no longer fear death.

If you could time travel, where would you go, and why? 

I want to go back to when and where Caravaggio, Michaelangelo,  Vermeer, and Van Gogh were painting, meet each and see them paint.


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