by LYDIA COBB | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

An Artist’s Heart and Soul

Boutia is an artist who specializes in painting and drawing to tell a story. Her recent collection is described as symbolism – a fusion of realistic forms combined with symbolic shapes. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, she painted to express her emotions during treatment. “I am fantasizing on this difficult journey and trying to create imagination into a landscape of beauty,” revealed Boutia. “Ocean, flowers, and fish are the motifs in my paintings, signifying life and happiness but promising no eternity.” My Journey, her mermaid collection, is a tribute benefiting the National Breast Cancer Society.

Carmel Valley has been home for the past decade, though she’s lived in several countries. She was born in Iran. She moved to London for art school and graduated in 1982 with a B.A. from Middlesex University. “As a young kid, I was always painting in my spare time,” shared Boutia. But her father, a medical doctor, believed then that art was a hobby and not a profession. “I was determined to follow my heart,” she added.


When she met her future husband in New York City, they married in 1996, and moved to Manhattan for eight years. Soon after their son Batisse was born, she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. They moved here for the climate when living in New York began to be more difficult for her.
While in New York she learned to adapt her art with a new family, in a new city, and with managing arthritis, so she studied at Parsons Art School and mastered digital art. Her work was commissioned by MetLife and was sold privately. She also designed patterns on printed tees.

She has exhibited in shows from ArtExpo New York to Worldwide Art L.A., and was a member of Del Mar Gallery. Three of her paintings have received online recognition by Artavita Gallery and Light Space and Time Gallery. She was selected to participate in the ART San Diego Contemporary Art Show this past fall.

“Don’t let anyone tell you that your art is not good enough,” advised Boutia. “Be prepared to listen to any criticism but not necessarily accept it. If you feel it is right, just follow your aspiration and pursue your skill.” Paint brush aside, Boutia enjoys supporting Batisse’s basketball games. She cherishes a walk along the shoreline, great cinema, and the impact she has in communicating emotion through her fine art.



Name: Boutia Moshiri
Profession: Fine Artist, Substitute Teacher, Del Mar and Solana Beach District
Community: Carmel Valley since 2005
Hobbies: Paintings, opera, swimming
Favorite Local Activity: Walking on the beach