Tasveer Shemza was born into an artistic family, as both her parents were artists and art teachers. In 1966 when Tasveer was six she was the joint winner of the first ever Christmas stamp competition. The stamp she designed was actually a portrait of her father, Anwar Jalal Shemza - you will recognise this if you look him up!
She decided early on however that art was not a path she wanted to take and after doing a history degree preferred to travel and live abroad. The best way to do this was to work as an English language teacher. After working in Finland, Egypt and Italy she settled in Sussex. English language teacher training and teacher development became her career and she worked for 20 years in the FE sector.
Art appreciation has always featured in the background and visiting galleries has been a passion.
Having taken early retirement this year she is enjoying attending the exhibitions of her elder daughter Aphra Shemza, a media artist based in London, who is continuing the family tradition. Tasveer also devotes her time to further promoting the work of her father, who is represented in International collections and closer to home for example in Tate Britain.