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About the Artist
Art has always been my lifeline. I come from a long line of artists and musicians and I've been painting from the moment I could hold something in my hand. But it's more than that for me. I was born in India, raised in the Netherlands, and ended up in America eventually. Art isn't just an exploration of my cultural heritage or my erstwhile nomadic life. It's a way for me to heal my soul, find beauty in the world, and show the world that I have emerged from the ashes whole and complete. When creating art, I take inspiration from my Indian heritage's love for rich colors and patterns. I explore people, places and other subject matters by trying to tell the story. I think this is exemplified in my painting "playing candy crush" where I wanted to reach into the memories of my heritage and explore children's playing but I wanted the subject matter to be fresh, intimate, and something I don't usually do. These three little monks were playing a game on their cell phone in Nepal and they were lost in the game, as we often are too when we play. Maybe they were taking a break from their daily spiritual studies, or maybe they were just being children playing a game. The look of concentration and intensity was so much fun to paint. The painting was done on dark toned La Carte paper, which doesn't take fluids on the surface so I couldn't work with an underpainting. I sketched the figures and went on from there. The monk on the left was initially the only one who was wearing a yellow robe, but since the middle monk was playing on a blue cell phone I wanted to keep the focus there. I changed the color of the robes of the monk on the right to yellow as well, so that the one who stands out the most is the middle monk. And of course, I had to incorporate the contrasting blue in the cell phone because yellow and blue just sing when placed near each other. My sincerest hope when creating art, is that anyone who views it can relate to the feeling of finding strength, beauty, and light during good and bad times. I want to offer hope and love and happiness through a visual experience.