I grew up thinking I could never draw or paint because I am not a creative person. I look back at that time and realize how wrong I was. Today, I am a full time artist and photographer. When I stand in front of my canvas, or behind my Nikon lens, I sense stories ready to pour out. Sometimes I pick up my brush and let them free. On other days, my camera and I find new lights and ways to do the same. It's as Richard Bach says, "Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they are yours."
I spent a regular childhood with regular run-of-the-mill aspirations. I did my MBA from Pune and worked for over 12 years in the corporate sector as an HR professional. By 2003, painting, which was an interest which I pursued on-and-off, became a passion and the efforts got more serious and coordinated. Soon after, I started training at Sangeet Shyamla, under the guidance of Rajesh Sharma, an artist who helped me believe that painting or any art form is an expression that can be nurtured and developed. Currently, I am under the guidance of Vasundhara Tewari Broota who has helped me explore the world of art from a whole new perspective. My paintings are an expression of what's inside my head and heart. Each time I am in front of my canvas, the experience is different. With every work, I see a new light and try to bring it out in different forms, textures and colours. I have been inspired by the works of Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gaugin and Picasso. My first solo exhibition, Jharokha, was held at Maximum Store, Shahpur Jat in October-November, 2009.
Photography happened in 2006 when I was exploring the world of colours, composition et al through my paintings. I attended the basic photography workshop with Photosensitive in 2007, but it was a photo-trek to Pitalsu in 2008 that really brought out the photographer in me. My mentors Shailan Parker and Joginder Singh actually helped me see the light at the end of my lens. My first photography group exhibition was Chandratal Blues: The Himalayas from Macro to Micro. This was held at Indipix Gallery in September-October, 2009. I was part of Photosensitive's photo-trek safari to Chandratal, the 'Moon Lake' in Spiti in 2009 and this crystallized into a wall art photography group exhibition. My camera and I discover new patterns and perspectives in the same old things, light, people and places. I explore the world through my lens and give it my own meaning. Nirantar, a solo show displaying paintings and photo art was held at the Habitat Centre from March 13-18, 2010. The show brought together my ambidextrous vocation to the fore. Both the canvas and the camera come together leading to a harmonious orgy of colours and forms.
As I explore new terrains in the world of painting and photography, I find new aspects to life as well. It has been a very enriching and rewarding journey so far both as an artist and as a person.