Where are you writing to us from? Can you describe the scene outside your window?
I am writing from Colvale, a quaint village in Goa, India. My partner Puneet and I share a beautiful Indo-Portuguese cottage surrounded by lush nature, with our three pets. My studio is in the back portion of the house. For a few hours a day, we open a portion of the space as an atelier to showcase my work. It also functions as a culture library and coffee house.
The scene outside my window is a provincial setting at sunset. Golden light with hues of acidic green reflects off the garden, birds are chirping, people and school kids are walking back home from work and school, and the smell of coffee is in the air.
What first attracted you to art, and the disciplines of painting, ceramics, and textiles in particular?
Art is a way to express myself non-verbally. I love consuming more verbose forms of expression like literature and writing from other people, but visual forms of creativity like painting come more naturally to me as an artist. I also love working with my hands. Like paintings and ceramics, textiles have very tactile textures. I am drawn to the collaborative nature of the textile-making process. It contrasts painting, which is a more solitary endeavor.