Currently studying at the Al Taif University’s English division of the Arts Faculty, Al Mutairi practices her art with passion and patience, taking a week to a year to complete each of her paintings.
Al-Mutairi’s works largely depend on tablets, brushes and charcoal, but more importantly, on all her other heightened senses of touch and shadows. She was born with a genetic disease that led to her gradually losing her eyesight. It started with nyctalopia, a condition characterized by an abnormal inability to see in dim light or at night, which then turned into the sharper tunnel vision condition.
Al-Mutairi’s vision can be likened to seeing the world through a needle – enough to see her paintings from a quarter-inch distance.
She comes from a long lineage of artists that have encouraged her to hone and develop her artistic talents since childhood. Her aunt, Maha Al Kafi, and her uncle, Mansour Al-Mutairi are both renowned artists.