Patterns, Colors, and Textures fascinate me. I am drawn to the
beauty of ethnic cultural patterns or patterns that are just simply
whimsical. I want viewers to move through the intricate loops,
lines, and curves; experience the richness of colors; and, feel the
stroke of texture in my paintings.
My first exposure with art making was truly a happy accident. I
never imagined that signing up for a decoupage class simply as
an avenue for distraction from household chores would turn out to
be my calling in my late thirties. I am so grateful for this new
journey that I have been cherishing and enjoying since the year of
My inspiration to paint patterns came from my deep-rooted Indian cultural experiences where the value placed on tradition and family contributed significantly toward defining my style. Kolam art is a symbol of South Indian culture. These are highly symmetrical designs built using geometric shapes that are drawn on the floor with a piece of muslin cloth dipped in rice paste. They 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, in no time, I developed an urge to quest for ideas that would stimulate and challenge my comfort zone. Coincidently, the book ‘The Grammar of Ornament’, Owen Jones, first published in England, 1856 – was referred to me by one of my artist friends which became my fundamental guide to diversify my ability to create multi-cultural historical patterns. This moment of
revelation ignited the spark within me and I am cherishing my adventure of creating historic patterns with elements of whimsy and style.