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Shakuntala Zakheim, Arts & Crafts Expert

Prior to establishing her businesses, Shakuntala Creative Art and Zakheim Conservation Studio, art educator Shakuntala Zakheim spent 15 years working in the family art restoration business, restoring the murals, paintings and frescos of artists such as Banksy, Diego Rivera, and Orozco. She continues to be passionate about preserving public art in Los Angeles and is committed to improving children's lives through her art education work with P.S. Arts, One Voice, Children's Action Network, NRDC, SPARC, and MCLA. Clients include Heidi Klum, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and Larry David. Additionally, her projects and classes have been featured in Angeleno and Cookie, and recommended by City Baby LA.  She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and co-author of Practical Yoga: Restoring the Body, Mind and Spirit.

How would you describe your personal style? 
I love art, so my personal style is full of bright, rich color. I get splattered in paint, glue, and sparkles on a daily basis.

What inspires you?
 
I am the daughter of artistic parents and the granddaughter of well-known WPA artist, Bernard Zakheim, so growing up, I learned that creativity is not just about what’s on my canvas—it’s an approach to daily life. I learned to use creativity as a key element in turning negative situations into positive ones. I love sharing the limitlessness of creativity with children and I’m inspired to make art and creativity something accessible to everyone. I encourage parents to create art with their children and to reconnect with the experience of pure, innocent creativity. From this, they will learn the joys of creativity unrestricted by the perfectionism associated with art. Picasso said it best: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one once you grow up.”
 
What is it like working with Heidi?
 
Heidi is the type of person who is ready to jump right in and get creative like one of the kids. In fact, everyone in her family seems to love to express themselves in this spontaneous way, including Grandma Oma and baby Lou, too. One of the most special things about Heidi and her family is the way that art has actually become a family tradition. Both Seal and Heidi get in on the action by conspiring with the kids to create special surprises for each other. Every holiday the children dream up ideas to transform the house or make extravagant Welcome Home signs for mom or dad when they return from a trip. In other words, we all just have a lot of art-inspired fun.
 
How do you combine your art with other things you do?
 
I love to see art in everyday things. I like to think of the sunset as a huge abstract painting. I admire the rainbow colors created by a drop of oil in a puddle at the gas station. Art reminds me of the importance of keeping a little spark of childhood wonder and mischievousness in my life.

What is the greatest challenge in your line of work?
 
My greatest challenge in my work as an entrepreneurial art educator, has been keeping the car tidy and organized. My car has morphed into a “rolling art studio.” This seems like a never-ending creative problem solving process for me.

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