I try to create art that is honest and feels true to me at that moment... and that, by extension I believe, strikes a chord with the viewer. I am primarily inspired by light falling on a subject and creating a play of color, shapes and shadow. People, the universality of unspoken stories and the beauty and challenge of rendering the human face interest me. I also am inspired by the ocean, bright colors, simple poetry and elements of minimalist design. I work in charcoal and oils.

I was raised in Chennai, India in a very creative environment by parents who taught me to see beauty and joy in even the simplest of things. I went on to pursue my Masters in Biotech and worked in the area of neural stem cells in San Diego, CA. I dabbled in art along the way. A few years ago, I had my son, took a break from work and, with the support and encouragement of my husband, decided to get into art more seriously. In the process, I've had the opportunity to learn from some wonderful teachers along the way. I reside in Bangalore, India.

Art education

Professional Certificate in Art and the Creative Process, University of California, San Diego Extension, 2012-14

  • Portrait painting workshop, Suchitra Bhosle & Pramod Kurlekar, 2018

  • Oil Painting Workshop, Jeremy Lipking, 2015

  • Portraiture & Oil Painting Workshop, Casey Baugh, 2014

  • Drawing and Painting , The Athenaeum, La Jolla, 2014

  • Figure Drawing and Illustration, Blair Thornley, 2013

  • Private Lessons, Seyo Cizmic

Awards, publications & exhibitions

  • City Merit Award with Fellowship for Bangalore city for Drawing, Kalanand Art Contest 2017

  • The Dark knights, Ideal Home & Gardens Magazine, 2016

  • Chitra Sante, 2016

Professional Memberships

  • Portrait Society of America