Growing up in India with all its vibrant colors, myriad sounds, and breathtaking landscapes, one could hardly help but wish to express it themselves. In my childhood, I was introduced to drawing and watercolor painting as part of my school curriculum. I enjoyed them so much that they soon grew to be regular hobbies. However, as time passed, other things took over and I never quite pursued them as much as I wanted to. It became a quick sketch in biology class and a small doodle during any other class.
A little over two years back, I moved to Lawrence, Kansas to follow my passion to study Mechanical Engineering. This little college town was so very different from my hometown in India. The changing landscapes – from flowers blossoming everywhere in spring to muted orange tones of fall filled me with awe. It was here that my brother introduced me to the oil painting medium. I took it out for a test and loved it instantly.
Returning to painting regularly again, I enjoy studying the works of contemporary artists and looking at the impressionist works of Van Gogh and bright lively figures of Sorolla. I started painting mostly en Plein Air (out in the open) and other times in a home-based studio. As I kept trying different styles of painting, I realized that I prefer painting from life than from a photograph as I believe that life in the colors gets washed out during the process. I try to capture in my paintings, the ambiance that I feel when I am out in the field. Giving importance to various facets like the aesthetics, the temperature, and the composition, I try to express what I see before me with limited strokes to get a loose painterly feel.
No matter where one is from, or what one does, I believe that everyone has a medium through which they express. The expression could be of their perception of reality, of the beauty that they see in the world, or the emotions that life evokes in them. This deep desire to express is achieved by some through poetry, for others through mathematics or music; for me, it’s through painting.
I have always enjoyed the great outdoors, and Plein-air painting makes the experience of spending time in nature much more real. When I am painting outdoors, I look to nature for an open conversation, which then guides the direction in which the painting needs to go, instead of relying on my preconceived viewpoint. I try to approach a scene as open as I can, after which I bring the modest skills and techniques I possess to play.
In my painting process, I am trying my best to articulate and simplify the complex visual information that one experiences outdoors. Hence making the scene accessible to the viewers, to appreciate the beauty that is often neglected. Currently, I am working on landscapes in and around Victoria which includes street scenes, marina, coasts, through which people can connect their daily experiences, sometimes recollecting a distant memory from the past.
My work is an attempt to create a space for an active conversation, to reflect on those treasured places that we share and love. With the world now facing serious threats like climate change, land degradation, and water pollution, I feel that landscape painting is more important now than ever in bringing about awareness and help drive change. What we love, we protect. Over time, ever since I picked up that fateful paintbrush, my love for painting has only increased with a greater sense of reverence for all creatures, and the humans inhabiting these places. And I cannot think of a better way to spend a life than doing what I love, while at the same time informing others of the biggest issues of our time.
AWARDS AND MENTIONS
- Best Floral, Plein Air Salon by Plein Air Magazine, September 2021
- Best Building, Plein Air Salon by Plein Air Magazine, August 2021
- Honorable Mention, The Gateway International Painting Competition, February 2020
- Fav15%, Boldbrush International Painting Competition – February 2020
- Honorable Mention, The Gateway International Painting Competition, January 2020
- Award of Excellence, 16th Annual Ohio Plein Air Society- Plein Air Competition, September 2019
- Fav15%, Boldbrush International Painting Competition – September 2019
- 2nd Place, Piqua Plein Air Competition, September 2019
- Honorable Mention, 27th Piqua Fine Art Exhibition 2019
- Best of Show, 16th Annual Dublin Plein Air Festival, June 2019
- Dalton Howard Spencer Museum of Art Student Award, 2017
ART EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS
- Oil Painters of America, Members Spring Online Show 2020
- 29th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Oil Painters of America, RS Hanna Gallery, Texas
- Head in Clouds, Coast-Collective Gallery, Victoria BC
- 91st Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York City
- Tupper Lake Plein Air Show
- Solo Show- ‘Recent Works’, Columbus- Ohio
- 2019 Annual International Representational Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
- 16th Annual Ohio Plein Air Society- Plein Air Competition and exhibition
- 27th Annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibition
- 2019 Fall Juried Exhibition, Ohio Art League
- Limitless, Online Juried International Exhibition by Federation of Canadian Artists
- Lake Side Wooden Boat Plein Air Festival, Ohio
- Dublin Art League’s Irish Show
- 16th Annual Dublin Plein Air Festival, June 2019
- 2nd Annual Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival, May 2019
- 1st Annual Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival
- 15th Annual Dublin Plein Air Show
- 3rd Annual Leaves and Petals, Online Juried Art Exhibition
- Solo Show: Recent Works -Final Friday at House Of Cha, Lawrence, Kansas
- Object Feels; Tactile Exhibition at Spencer Museum of Art (University of Kansas) 2017
– Marriott’s Ocean Pointe Hotel, April 2020
– Oil Painters of America
– Federation of Canadian Artists
– Ohio Plein Air Society
– Central Ohio Plein Air
– Dublin Area Art League`
– Ohio Art League