The first step is to create a base watercolor painting. The next step is to apply ink. I start by segmenting larger, more apparent, sections of a painting with ink and then continue to segment it further and further. A painting is complete when there is no additional possibility to split the areas. In a way, this process visually digitizes the painting and forces the viewer to see the many variations in colors and intensities, seen through my eyes.
I’m deeply drawn to abstract art and the concept of abstraction in general. Abstraction leaves room for an observer to fill in their own details and as someone with a fervent imagination, abstraction talks to me a lot more as an observer than realism does. I always come back to memories that colors take me to, and abstract art takes me to a lot more places.
Studio & My Aunt
I have no formal education in making art, but I have always been exposed to art all my life. My aunt, Pratibha Choudhari, taught art classes at home and I would visit her often for summer vacations. This is how painting began for me. Daily at 3 PM, kids and adults alike, would roll in with their materials and work on their individual pieces under her guidance. She is also a self-taught artist and paints on ceramics, canvases, glass, fabric, etc. She also sings beautifully and is currently exploring long distance road biking. Truly extraordinary, then and now, she is an embodiment of a multifaceted person for me and a role model. Back then, her studio, with all the paints and brushes, was a quaint and crowded space in her small apartment. As a child, I dreamt of having my own space like this to create art. I now have this opportunity and I cannot be more thankful for it. I have my own home studio space with beautiful natural light all day long and a wall filled with inspirational art, photos, post cards. I have a table that’s always messy with paint, pens and brushes. This is my happy place.