My name is Roudabak (Rouda) Mahjoob & I'm originally from Iran (Persia). I have always been interested in drawing & painting since early childhood. I've enjoyed my art classes in elementary & high school. In addition, I've attended summer art classes (drawing, painting & pottery) during middle & high school. I attended art national competitions in my country, Iran and I've won several awards among my colleagues in schools of my home town & also nationally represented my state of origin, Khorasan & won 3rd place in nation. As I was passionate about art, painting & 3D arts like sculpture & pottery, I've attended one of the best art schools in Tehran, Iran. For about 2 years I studied Industrial Design in Azahra University before immigrating to the US.
Though, I've changed my major of studies to nutrition & dietetics, I continue to teach art classes to youth. In 2004, when I moved to Omaha, NE, I displayed my water-color paintings in the main public library in down town Omaha. In addition, I had 2 exhibits at a local art studio & coffee shops. Joining AmeriCorps last September, gave me the opportunity to serve my community and increase my knowledge about the society & participate in variety of community and educational events.
As I have a passion for my community and the environment, I've decided to participate in the Artistic Rain Barrel project to be part of the 'solution' to save our planet.
To promote recycling, I've used the recycling logo & to focus on natural water resources, I've added the drop of water to the logo. I've added the watering pot as if the recycled/reused water drops to the pot to use for watering plant. Then, I've used the water of the pot, to water the map of the US. The design of a flower, a butterfly, & a honey bee, on the US map was meant to show the meaningful result of reusing the (rain) water for plants.