I best describe myself as a commercial artist by qualification, and a fine artist by choice.
I completed my 3 year Commercial art diploma in Delhi in 1987.
I worked in an advertising agency for a while, before I got married.
Then marriage and children took precedence over my love for professional designing.
But slowly, side by side, my love for fine art blossomed, and I found myself dappling with different mediums which we had learnt in art school.
It must have also stemmed from the fact that I have never been far removed from sketching and drawing since childhood. I am told ( I was so little that I don’t remember ….) that when my grandmother worked on her easel, I would be on the floor, insisting on painting myself. All through my growing up years, anything interesting that caught my eye had to be sketched, whether it was on the last page of a note book, or the school blackboard, or more conventionally, a sketchbook ….
Beauty in nature inspires me the most. Which is why landscapes were my first obsession, and I refused to mar them with human presence! My husband’s threat to buy works of other artists with humans in them catapulted me into making portraits. I’ve learned to love humans since then….
Oil was a first, with an equal fascination for charcoal and pen and ink. I started working with soft pastels, and discovered the beauty of portraits being rendered in soft pastels.
I have always been more influenced by the realism or naturalism form of art, and that is what I strived to excel in.
Since my formal training was not in fine art, works of great masters was my source of guidance and inspiration.
I do love to share my knowledge and skill of art, and will almost always share my tricks and tips with anyone who cares to learn. I recently held some art workshops in my city, with one workshop focussed only on how to make eyes.
My husband tells tales of the times when he has seen me get up from bed in the morning, and go straight to my easel even before caring to brush my teeth. I once painted all night to give company to my daughter who needed to pull an all nighter before her final exam. Painting was the only way to keep me awake!
I paint for the pure pleasure of it.
When a piece is completed in a certain style, I am always eager to try a new one. I flit from one medium to another, the desire of the day deciding which tool I want to pick up.
Call me an art hobbyist if you will, but i would rather create variety than make a theme based series.
Call me Howard Roark if you will, but conforming to the desires of an art gallery wanting a series is not something I want to do.