Parvaneh retired from the State Department in 2005 and settled in Arlington. She had traveled around the world with her diplomat husband and her children. She lived mostly in the Middle East and Africa.
She grew up in Iran steeped in the country’s traditional arts: carpet weaving, ceramics, calligraphy, and miniature painting. Foreign Service life sharpened her love for the arts, and she began painting in the year 2000 while living in the West African country of Mauritania.
Since retirement she has spent more of her time working in the arts, painting with oil, acrylics and water color. She enjoys taking art courses and traveling for workshops. She studied abstract painting at the Art League of Alexandria and the Acadia Workshop Center in Maine. She attended a plein air painting workshop, in Provence in the summer of 2011. In the same year she did a course in abstract representation at the Yellow Barn.
Parvaneh never stops traveling and looking for subjects. She always finds reasons to travel, whether to Vermont, France, or Uzbekestan. This summer she went to Tuscany for an Art League workshop.
Parvaneh is also a member of Falls Church Arts and Del Ray Artisans. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, and her paintings have been selected at many juried shows. Her work – whether abstract or landscape – all reflects her love of strong colors.