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Born in Iran 1952.  In a family with rich artistic heritage. Her grandfather was a renowned Iranian artist who introduced European canons and academic style of painting to the Iranian art. Her childhood memories of her grandfather's studio and his striking paintings have been a major source of inspiration for her. Thanks to his influence, she always knew that she wanted to be an artist and never entertained a moment of doubt that this would be her life's work. She has not ever let a day go by without either painting or planning her next artistic endeavour, and regards art as the single biggest factor in her life. Parastoo is a painter who loves to paint passing impressions and make them last forever.  She studied Graphic Design in Iran in the 1970's, and then came to the UK to study Graphics and Animation at Croydon and Bournemouth Art Colleges.  She now lives in the heart of Wiltshire.

Parastoo portrays atmosphere and movement by using loose brushwork in both her floral and landscapes. Her floral still lifes are characterised by loose composition and a free and spontaneous style, creating a nostalgic view of the world around us. A textured use of acrylic adds a lushness to the luminous colour palette, with deep pinks and saffron yellows standing out against a muted background. She describes her work as a ''happy celebration of life.''

 As well as exhibiting in many galleries around the United Kingdom, Parastoo has sold her original paintings into private collections all over the world.

Parastoo is a member of the Society of Floral Painters and the National Acrylic Painters Association.

In her own words she says that ".....when I moved to the country, I felt that I had awakened from a long and deep sleep. No matter how faithfully I render the scene before me, it does not carry the power to convince if my painting does not represent a fertile imagination.  My remembered, or rather invented, landscape paintings are more alive than the paintings I used to do on the same spot; it is my inner consciousness and my feelings which give life to my paintings".

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