Once she was told that her creativity is on fire, which is interesting since her name Sholeh translates to flame.
is American in spirit, but Persian by birth. Descended from Iran’s first
democratically-elected President, Mosadeqh, she also has lineage tracing back
to one of Iran’s great modern painters by the same name, Ashtiani.
Her creativity stifled by
her formal studies in computer science and mathematics,
Sholeh eventually was ableto follow
her instincts as an Artist. She moved to Columbus, Ohio to the Columbus
College of Art and Design, where she vehemently pursued her BFA. She completed a degree majoring in fine
art, illustration and photography, graduating summa cum laude.
Later, Sholeh freelanced as an illustrator and
photographer and received exhibitions at local galleries. During this time she
gradually developed her new direction – figurative paintings and bronze
sculpture, featuring dancers and other explorations of the human form.
She is an award winning
artist. Two years in a row, her figurative and cityscape paintings hung in the Society of Illustrators
New York gallery and won awards and appeared in their Annual. The last two
years she submitted six pieces to the Del Mar Fair exhibition where four of
them won awards:
1.“Breath of Life,” Sculpture 2nd place
2. “Free Spirit,” Sculpture Donation Award From
California Center For Performing Arts, Escondido, CA
4.“Wine Taster,” Acrylic Painting, Small Image
5. “Danna with Tutu”
6. “Palace Dancers”
Her work is currently with Celebration Fine Art at US
Grant Hotel and San Diego Museum of Art Artist guild. She had five sculpture
insulations, four in Mesa Arizona, and one in Ohio Wesleyan University.Her
works have been exhibited throughout the country: The Society of Illustrators
Museum in the Upper Eastside, Art Expo in Las Vegas, Loveland Sculpture
Invitational, Sculpture in the Streets in Mesa, Arizona, Del Mar Fair
exhibition 2 years in a row. Encinitas Civic Center, Gallery 21 two years in a
row, Balboa park, Ohio Wesleyan University, Hyde Park Arts Fair, Delaware Art
Fair, In-View Gallery, Boolas Gallery, Carlsbad Masquerade, as well as many
others. For a while, she had her own
gallery in La Jolla, Flame Gallery, and more recently was represented by
Celebration Fine Art Gallery in the US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. She
is also represented by San Diego Musuem of Art Artist Guild.
Her work has
also appeared in many periodicals: Art World News, Art and Antiques, Society of
Illustrators Annual: 32 & 33; American Showcase Illustration: 25 & 26,
SouthWest Art, Key Arizona, Encinitas Advocate, 92024 Magazine, Ranch Life
Magazine, Resources, Hoot, Downtown Mesa, Ohio Magazine, Body Conditioning, Ranch
Life, and Columbus Parents.
She has been
the exclusive photographer for many performing arts organizations: Players
Theatre, BalletMet, and Otterbein College Theatre Company. Her figurative bronze sculptures were
featured on “Good Morning Arizona”, the morning TV magazine. Before
focusing exclusively on Fine Art, she worked as a commercial photographer
providing fashion and product photography.
is an all-around Artist. A few years ago, she began performing in local musical
theatres in the San Diego area. She has performed in such plays as: Peter Pan,
It’s a Wonderful Life, The Understudy, Pirates of Penzance, Guys and Dolls,
Mikado, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Curtains, All Shook Up, Inherit the Wind,
Sound of Music, Oliver, and Beauty and the Beast.
has also had roles in several short films, playing a Demon in 'Lilith and the
Woebringer', Princess Sofia in the music video, 'Unconditional Love', as well
as extras in a number of Hollywood films, playing opposite Bryan Cranston in
one scene in “Leave”. And she can be seen walking past Catherine Heigl in 'The
may even have heard her music and seen her on “The Romance”, a reality show
shown in many markets. In the final
episode, she is shown at her gallery reception, where she also performs an
original song, “The Artist”, written for her by David Stern, a composer on the
X-Factor. More of their original music is used throughout the series.
Throughout her career she has chosen to stay separate
from the “who’s who” of the art world. Sholeh claims: “I had no desire to have
my work influenced by, or to imitate or emulate, the work of others. My goal
has been to do work that is distinctively mine, and not in someone else’s
Flame recently won three awards for her sculptures and painting at the San Diego County Fair, including the Donor's Award from the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
Her work was part of San Diego Museum of Art - Artist Guild's Centennial Exhibition, and displayed in Gallery 21 at the Balboa Park Spanish Village Art Center.
Make sure to watch the upcoming TV show, TheRomance, where Flame's art and music will be featured.