I've always loved drawing and painting for as long as I can remember.
Art was my favourite subject in school and I was always drawing and doodling in my text books. My grandmother was an artist and I would play make- believe and pretend that I lived in her paintings. Every time choosing a new painting to “live” in.
Art and writing were always an escape for me – I could create any kind of reality that I wanted and get lost in an imaginary world of my choosing.
Born and raised in India, the bright and beautiful colours of my country are ingrained in me. Today, I use colour to take me, and my viewers to iimaginary places rather than portrayal of actual places.
Through silence, comes contemplation which is what I like to encourage through my work.
As humans, we are constantly searching and waiting for something outside of ourselves. That one "other" thing or person that will make us whole.
I'm guilty of that too sometimes.
Painting is a very meditative practise for me. I paint to remind myself, as well as my viewer that all the answers we ever need come from within. Be it a flower or a person, we are all a part of nature, beautiful in all aspects and meant to be respected as such.
1999 - 2001 - Textile Designing Cape Technikon, Cape Town, South Africa
1995 - 1999 - B.F.A Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
1994 - 1995 - Visual Arts Centennial College, Toronto, Canada
1991 - 1994 - Fine Arts Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore, India