'Point Barrow, Alaska'
'Old Map of The World'
'Castle Hill Lighthouse'
Having loved to draw and
paint since childhood, Salman Rashidi was a “born artist”. His uncle
bought him paints and pencils, encouraging the blossoming artist in him
that his parents tried to discourage. While studying Electrical
Engineering at the University of Idaho in the early 1980s, Rashidi learned
scrimshaw while on summer break in Hawaii, from friends who, unbeknownst
to him at the time, he would be inspired by, and thank, forever.
At the time, Rashidi was living in the Pacific Northwest. As his skill in
scrimshaw grew, he realized he would have a better chance at selling his
art in New England, and, in 1987, he moved to Massachusetts. Rashidi has
enjoyed much success in the Northeast. His passion for the “art of the
whalers” has been matched by the enthusiasm of the collectors of his
Living in New England, says Rashidi, has given him the opportunity to be
exposed to the oldest of U.S. history, among that being preserved ships of
the old and rich whaling industry, as well as seafaring vessels of
pre-Industrial Revolution days. “New England is inundated with these, as
well as a rich variety of marine life and land wildlife, which I also
portray in my art,” Rashidi proudly states. His favorite art, in fact, is
North American wildlife, which he does with much zest and skill.
Rashidi was granted an Award of Excellence at the 1990 Mystic
International Marine Art competition, for his entry Whaling Bark
California, done on a fossilized Eskimo ice axe.
In 1997, Rashidi was commissioned to scrimshaw a plaque centerpiece for an
Associated Press Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to Walter
Rashidi has enjoyed his work for many years, and derives the greatest
pleasure in knowing the patrons of his art feel the same.