Tell US about you and your art
I retrained at City & Guilds School of Art in London and also started an art studio business with 2 partners, teaching art to both adults and children. In my own practice, I do figurative work, architectural drawing, paintings which reflect my extensive travel experiences. My work is cross cultural and has a familial link to India. I love negative space and this is often reflected in my work. I paint in oil and draw with ink pens or pastels. These are effectively my media. My aim with my work is to transport the viewers back into nostalgia and personal experiences.
What HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST LESSON?
Before the Hub, I would not have
a) had the courage to ask my cousin if I could have my work on his restaurant wall.
b) had a cohesive and coherent artist statement.
c) started an Instagram account and put my work out into the big wide world of social media.
d) no idea how to price my work.
I do not create art with the specific aim to be commercial. On a personal level, painting and drawing is just a pure joy for me, when I shut out the world and just immerse myself in the creativity. However, it is true that I am now more focussed in putting together a cohesive series of work that I can market and exhibit. I have a better undertsanding of who my customers are and where I should be targetting to get the works shown.
It is hard work, but at least I know how to approach the task to achieve my artistic goals.
Since joining the Hub, I also find I talk a lot more about my art, my goals and how to achieve them with my own circle of friends and family and brainstorming with people who are not artistic is such a valuable way of getting new ideas and information!