I create art because it brings me joy. It helps me feel more connected in an increasingly disconnected world. It all began in 2020 when I wanted to decorate our new home on a budget, but art quickly became much more than that. It became a way for me to effectively communicate my thoughts and emotions. The contrasting elements and intricate ink lines in my work represent the chaos and need for control that coexist in our minds.
Through a casual accident, I stumbled upon my signature artistic style—adding ink to hyper-saturated watercolors on paper. When I thought I had ruined a painting, I decided to salvage it by adding ink lines. It turned out to be a lovely mistake, and it became my unique way of bringing out the beauty of colors and shapes that I see.
I'm fascinated by watercolor because it has a mind of its own. It moves and behaves unpredictably on paper, which reminds me of the way the human mind works. Layering watercolors creates abstract shapes that are odd and unpredictable, and that's what I love about it. To enhance the beauty of these shapes, I add ink lines of different thicknesses, adding a touch of simplicity to the complexity of the medium that is watercolor. As a neurodivergent individual, my mind is always buzzing with ideas, and art provides a constructive outlet for me to transform those ideas into something more meaningful. Art allows me to quiet my mind and disappear into the structure and freedom of the creative process.
Making art is my way of sharing a unique perspective. Through my work, I hope to bring joy to others and foster understanding for people who are different or neurodivergent. It is an invitation for others to participate in an experience of perceiving life differently.
Come with me on this journey where joy, connection, and creative expression intertwine.
I have no formal education in making art, but I have always been exposed to art throughout my life. My aunt, Pratibha Choudhari, taught art classes at home, and as a young kid I would visit her during summer vacations. It felt magical. Kids and adults would come with their materials and work on their individual pieces. She guided them with ease while working on her own projects. She is also self-taught artist. She works with ceramics, canvases, glass, fabric, metal, and pretty much whatever she can get her hands on. She sings too. She has written books. Currently she is exploring long-distance road biking.
She was my role model then and still continues to be one.
Back then, her art studio, filled with paints and brushes, was a quaint crowded space in her small apartment. I would wander around in there and explore what colours she was mixing. It was all too marvelous.
As a child, I dreamt of having a space of my own to create art. Now, I have this opportunity, and I am incredibly thankful. I have my own home studio with abundant natural light throughout the day, and a wall adorned with inspiring art, photos, and postcards. My studio is always in a delightful mess with paints, pens, and brushes.
It is my happy place.
Silly Facts You Should Know
- I am as introverted as anyone can be. 🤫
- At silly o'clock you may find me dancing to music with my 9 year old dog Silo. 👐🏽🤲🏽👐🏽🤲🏽
- I *very often* forget things. I once left a book in the fridge as a child and have continued to misplace all kinds of things throughout my life ever since. 😶🌫️
- I didn't get an art degree. Should I have? 🤭
- I have a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering
- I am also a Full Stack Web Developer & Designer 🤟🏽👩🏽💻
- I forgot what this one was going to be. 🤷🏽♀️