You could say that I took the scenic route to get to where I now stand on my career path. I decided to leave the finance industry after my second son was born, to live ‘the creative life’ and I can now happily say that I am a painter. I was born in Malawi, Africa, to Indian parents, I grew up in England and I now live with my family in Vienna, Austria. This exposure to various cultures throughout my life reflects in my work being a blend of asian and european influences and sensibilities.
It’s all about doing what I love doing, showing other people what I see and making their space a little bit more beautifulMy paintings embrace colour and pattern and flowers. Yes, flowers really do make me happy and you will see a lot of floral elements in both my paintings and print designs. Wildlife and people sometimes fall into the mix too. Lines are important for me. I can get very excited about the rhythm and quality of a line – one of the many things I learnt during my time at the renowned Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. Inspiration comes from whatever catches my eye; be it the form of an object, natural or man-made, the play of light and shadow, a face, an image or simply a colour. This is the beginning of each painting, whether figurative or abstract….and sometimes I am simply inspired by the act of painting itself. I love the simplicity used by Japanese artists; the colours used in Indian art; the mastery of Chinese brushstrokes; the way skilled craftsmen passionately make simple yet beautiful creations; the way the sky changes while the sun rises; and the smallest magic details of everyday life moments. Yes, I do take a lot of photos. As well as paintings on canvas, I have a tendency to paint on any surface that I feel needs to be beautified. This naturally led me to the world of surface pattern design. I usually start with a painted or hand drawn motif and then play digitally to create patterns with bold colour combinations and strong shapes. I currently license my designs to Kess InHouse and my art work to Minted and iCanvas.