My inspiration to paint patterns came from my deep-rooted Indian cultural experiences where the value placed on tradition and family culture contributed significantly toward defining my style. The richness of colors and the exquisite artifacts of India influenced me unknowingly and paved the way to explore the idea of creating colorful patterns. Having been brought up in a spiritually inclined family, I am devoted to achieving harmony in myself by painting patterns.
My first step into a creative world began in the year of 2013 merely as an avenue for distraction. Honestly, I had no idea what creative abilities were hidden inside me prior to taking my first art class in mixed media decoupage at the local art center. Since then I had been obsessed with an intrinsic desire to create. My inspiration to paint patterns developed from my fascination towards the traditional free-hand design art called Kolam or Rangoli. These are highly symmetrical designs built using geometric shapes and are viewed as a sign of invitation to welcome people into the home, a tribute to harmonious co-existence, and thought to bring prosperity. However, shortly after, I developed an urge to quest for ideas that would stimulate and challenge my boundaries. Coincidently, the book ‘The Grammar of Ornament’ by Owen Jones was referred to me by one of my artist friends which became my fundamental guide to diversify my ability to make multi-cultural historical patterns. This moment of revelation ignited the spark within me and I am cherishing my new adventure of creating historic patterns and colors with a mix of cultural styles.
I love drawing intricate patterns with loops, curves, and/or geometric lines to attain precision and symmetry. No matter how laborious and time consuming I find my creative process quite therapeutic. Colors form an integral part of my paintings and the choice of my palette range from a mix of neutral to bold and vibrant. I prefer to paint with acrylics on tempered hardboard since it provides dexterity to create a feel for texture. I hope to continue challenging myself and explore different ways to progress and finesse my artistic aspirations.
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