Sharif Muhammad has been a high school teacher in Boston since 2002. During his undergraduate studies of Graphic and Web Design at UMass Amherst, he took an art class or two, but never considered himself an artist. In December of 2011, Sharif took an oil painting class and discovered that he had a natural talent for painting. Since then, he has enjoyed exploring his newly discovered abilities and testing his limits.  Although he practices many different styles, creating portraits that generate emotion is what excites him.