My journey with colors began at a very early age. I was inspired by my maternal grandfather, a well-known artist in India and student of Rabindranath Tagore, first Asian Nobel laureate. After my family immigrated to the United States I continued drawing through my school years winning several awards and recognition for my art. I graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Finance. Subsequently, I worked in the financial/banking field for some years and found myself with little or no time to devote to my artwork. However, despite the time constraints I made every effort to pursue my artistic interests by continuing to draw and sketch whenever I had the time.
My strong desire to immerse myself in art led me to make the decision to forgo my career in banking and pursue a career in Fine Arts. I have since completed some years of training with many award winning artists at the Visual Arts Center in Summit and other art organizations and worked with various mediums such as oil, pastel, acrylic, charcoal and watercolor as well as mixed media.
Additionally, I have a Graphic Design Certificate from Rutgers University and have completed Visual Arts/Art History courses at Princeton University. I continue to focus on developing my skills and expand my artistic range by exploring abstractions with mixed media and constantly considering and experimenting with new techniques and themes.
My art resonates with a sense of mystery, poetry, lyrical rhythm, and movement of patterns in nature, our environment, and our earth. I am intrigued by symbolism and impressions which I like to present in a contemporary and abstract style with brilliant colors. Each painting is a product of deep reflection, meditation, and emotions that come from within. I enjoy bringing these bright compositions to my viewers with oils, acrylic, watercolors, and mixed media.
Over the last couple of years I have been keenly observing our beautiful earth through the clouds during my many travels around the world. I was so drawn to what I saw that I decided to capture the vivid colors of those natural views on my canvas. As the climate crisis is a phenomenon that has always concerned me, I feel the need to use my artistic expression to build awareness about ‘Our Earth’ and the environmental issues like; the water crisis, global warming, and destruction of natural habitats by human error that threaten the world today. Reminding mankind to get together to work towards saving our earth makes it a safer place to live for future generations.
To reflect this passion, I started painting a new series called “Ridges.” Since I work mostly from imagination, the only thing I knew about each painting when I started working on them was my color palette. As I began laying the colors it all came together naturally on the canvas. In each individual painting, I painstakingly set forth on the daunting task of bringing the majesty of our globe to my canvas as a tribute to the planet with which we are blessed.
2019: Art in Rome November 2019 International art exhibition at the “Art Gallery Rome”, Rome, Italy
2019: Trevisan International Art show (TIA), “Little Treasures”- The Illusion of Reality, Bologna, Italy
2019: Artexpo Autumn Rome 2019; International art exhibition at the “Art Gallery Rome”, Rome, Italy
2019: Tokyo International Art Exhibition 2019, Belle Salle Roppongi, Toyko, Japan
2019: Abstract Matters juried show, 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2018: Exposure 2018 - Ceres Gallery, New York, New York
2018: Stem to Steam - private art exhibition, Bellemead, NJ
2017: Dharma in the 21st Century - Art show and fundraiser fro Clean Ganga Foundation, WWAC, Princeton Junction, NJ
2016: Solo Show - UMDNJ Gallery - Plainsboro Library, NJ
2015: Light Space & Time, March 2015 ‘’All Women” Art Exhibition, juried online show
2015: Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Deepwells Mansion, St. James NY
2015: IAAC Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art 2015, NY juried show (traveling exhibition)
2015: 1st National Square Show, Ceres Gallery, New York
2015: West Windsor Arts Council member juried show, NJ
2014: Light, Space & Time, 2014 Abstract Art Competition, juried online show
2013: The Center for Contemporary Art, juried member show, NJ
2013: West Windsor Art Council, faculty show, NJ
2013: ‘RAYS’ juried show sponsored by Regional Chronic Disease Coalition Morris/Somerset Counties, traveling show, NJ
2012: IAAC Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art 2012, NY juried show (traveling exhibition from New York to Virginia)
2011: Pastel Society of New Jersey, Award winners show
2010: Museum of American Finance, Wall Street, Event for Financial Literacy, NY
2010: Princeton University, Lucas Gallery, Charcoal Drawings show, NJ
2010: Pastel Society of New Jersey, Annual Member show, Bernardsville, NJ
2010: ‘Passport to the Arts’ juried show, Clifton Arts Center, Clifton, NJ
2010: Lakeside Art Studio juried show, Morristown Theater, Morristown, NJ
2009: Mrittika Inc of New Jersey - South Asian Heritage show, NJ
2009: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, member show, NJ
2008: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, member show, NJ
Co-Chair of Art Action committee - Princeton Day School 2016-2017
Teaching artist - West Windsor Arts Council, 2013-2016
After-School-Enrichment art classes - Princeton Day School 2012-2014
2019: International Artist Magazine (April/May 2019 issue #126) - Ridges 1 recipient of the Finalist award for their Abstract/Experimental art competition
2019: Spotlight Contemporary ART Magazine' issue #16 published Nov-Dec 2019
2015: Light Space & Time, March 2015 4th Annual ‘’All Women’’ Art Exhibition – recipient of the Special Merit Award selected from 1,154 entries from US and around the world
2014: Light, Space & Time, 2014 Abstract Art Competition – recipient of Special Recognition Award selected from 896 entries submitted from around the world
2014: Featured Artist at Manhattan Arts International, NYC
2010: Pastel Society of New Jersey, Annual Member show, Bernardsville, NJ – Award of Excellence
Paintings are in the collection of corporate offices and individual art lovers in USA, India, UK.
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