Finding out at 35 that she had an identical twin sister half a world away was a pivotal moment in Asiza's life. Since the age of six, Asiza has been drawing the female figure but she never really understood why. Growing up as an only child, she had always longed for a sister and she now realizes that her drawings and paintings was a way of staying connected to her twin.
At the age of eleven, Asiza's family settled in Calgary after a dramatic defection from communist Romania. Not being able to speak English very well, Asiza used her drawings to make friends at school. By 1986, Asiza had graduated from the Alberta College of Art with a degree in Visual Communication Design and immediately landed a job as an art director in Vancouver for Woodward's and later with ad agency Palmer Jarvis (now DDB). Then, with getting married and starting a family, it wasn't until 2003 that she picked up a brush and slowly started easing her way into painting again.
Proving that it is never too late to pursue your passion, it was 2012 that Asiza decided to start making paintings full time. She spends countless hours in her Vancouver studio creating canvases, honing her skills and expressing an innate connection to her twin sister. After 47 years living apart on two separate continents, Asiza finally met her twin sister Gina in the Summer of 2014 - a long overdue and emotional reunion.
Click here to see the video of my reunion with my sister Gina after 47 years.