As a child, I loved drawing people and this passion has never ceased. What draws me is not only the physical form of the human figure, but the real person; connecting with the essence of the model conveyed through the eyes, the facial expressions, the body language. I am equally inspired by nature’s immeasurable beauty; from vast open skies to lush tropical foliage; intricate textures found on corals and momentary patterns made by waves on a sandy beach have all been compelling sources of inspiration. Even everyday experiences of looking through the windshield of a car on a rainy day have transformed into visual references, reminding me that amid the mundane realities of the world we inhabit, there is a realm of beauty for the seekers. Creating art is often a contemplative experience. I do not commit to any one medium, rather I let the subject determine the medium which will convey my emotional response to it. Exploring the medium is very much a part of how the work evolves and the style that emerges is the natural outcome of thought, perception and interpretation fused with the material. When illustrating for children's books, it is words that stimulate the imagination and the ensuing process is a surprise that unfolds itself. Delving into my own childhood fantasies, I love creating pictures that transports the reader to a different world. Chalk pastel is my favorite medium for children's books for the way it lends itself to creating a richly layered, vibrant and dreamy feel. I also use digital media to create imagery where the hands-on artwork is the foundation but the digital element creates a new dimension. My artistic mission is to continually express my perception and appreciation of beauty in all its forms. Piet Mondrian said it best: “ The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”
Biography: ACHIEVEMENTS: Works selected for: Artworks Fourth Annual Juried Show, Oakville Arts Council, Canada 2003 30th Annual Juried Show, Art Gallery of Peel, Canada 2003 Art Directors Club of New York, Annual Student Juried Show, New York 1997 State University of New York – Annual Student Juried Show, New York 1995 EDUCATION: Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers GIG Education Centre Singapore, 2008 Continuing Education Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, 2005 Bachelor in Fine Arts School of Visual Arts, New York, U.S.A, 1997 Major in Illustration Associate Degree in Computer Graphics and Graphic Design Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, New York. 1995 Dean’s List WORK EXPERIENCE: ILLUSTRATOR "In The Park" wriiten by Coonoor Kripalani Published by Global Indian Publications 2010 Little hands Montessori Kindergarten Designed and painted wall mural for reading room 2008 ART TEACHER Jan 2007 – present Conducting a private art program for children aged 5 to 12 years in two different age groups with an aim to encourage personal expression in art. Project Manager Art workshop at Chung Cheng High School, Singapore, 2006
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