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Meet Anahit Fstkchian of Anahit Originals in Van Nuys

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anahit Fstkchian.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Anahit. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My journey into the world of art began when I was very young. My family immigrated to Los Angeles from Armenia in the early 1980’s. While I was growing up, most of my afternoons were spent at our family-owned sewing contracting shop where I learned how to sew. I fell in love with the craft, designing and sewing clothing for myself and others. After graduating High School, I attended FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing) which launched me in the fashion design industry where I designed children’s clothing for several years, As a working mother of two, I faced difficulties that are too familiar to many Americans, and my career trajectory required a turn into the financial and banking industry.

Although the platform of how I earned money had changed my need to be creative was still very important. I started pencil drawing as a form of meditation and stress relief and started experimenting with different mediums. In time I found acrylics to be most enjoyable, discovering my own style. Art, for me, is a spiritual journey. I paint to meditate. I am inspired through inner guidance and each new painting becomes an adventure/ I want my paintings to radiate joy, love, and tranquility to all who are ready and willing to receive.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The greatest struggle for me was making the decision in 1999 to let go of doing what I loved most and changing careers from designing to the financial industry and also learning to balance life between my day job, kids, painting and growing a business.

Please tell us about Anahit Originals.
I am a self-taught intuitive artist, spiritual practitioner, and an event facilitator.

When you are creative and love the process, you don’t have one outlet. You constantly explore, experimenting with new things to work with and experience. As an Artist, I have found my own style. I channel most of my art with spirit, therefore, I never know what the end result will be. I paint flowers, mandalas, crosses, goddesses, and more. The intention behind my art is positive energy. Even if I am feeling sad while I paint. I paint with the intention of joy, love, hope, and faith. Most of my paintings are embellished with rhinestones and pearls, which gives 3D effect.

Spiritual Practitioner
I was introduced to energy healing in 1999 when one of my children became very ill, and I have been studying and practicing ever since. The Healing Arts are a huge part of who I am. I believe in self-development and growth, and I am an advocate for those who truly want to learn and grow. When guiding others, my approach is compassion, love, and no judgment.

Event Facilitator
In 2016, I started hosting small events in my home to bring people together, sharing our art as well as introducing the healing arts to my community. In 2019, I was inspired to host a larger scale event at the Tarzana Community & Cultural Center on March 31st with 40 Vendors and over 250 attendees. The feedback from attendees and participants was so positive that I decided to host two more events in 2019 at the same location. “The Art of Consciousness” Community Art Fair on June 1st and a Holiday Themed Metaphysical and Artisan Fair on November 10th. What makes these events different from others is the intention and the energy that inspire them. They are heart-centered with a clear purpose of bringing our community together for peace, love and healing. I am very proud of bringing healing, creativity and art to my local community.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I loved playing in the snow and making snowman in the winter, however what I remember the most is standing on the balcony of our apartment in Armenia pretending to be an Artist while I tried to capture the breathtaking view of Mt. Ararat and the colors of the sky on paper with watercolors and a brush I had taken without permission from my brothers room.

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