After getting the hang of this, and of using a reed pen, I looked at ‘Thuluth’. At this time I did a lot of abstract work on canvas and ended up developing an online presence. Much of my early work was sold online, and I still remember the first piece I ever sold. I would always use verses of the Koran that resonated with me, and use a lot of colour. I was interested in colour, composition and effect. I kept the calligraphy fairly minimum and spent a lot of time on the backgrounds – sometimes using spray paint to achieve the effect I wanted.
I’m also a graphic designer, who loves branding businesses and making logos. Since 2015 I’ve been responsible for numerous logo projects, and helped brand new initiatives such as the Edinburgh Arab Festival and The DeskHop. For a number of years I had been practicing graphic design as a freelancer, mostly for the community. Now I do the odd job here and there, but I like to focus on branding and big design projects.