To me, art is ubiquitous. I am fascinated by the play of light on shapes, the tactile nature of different textures around us, and the vibrancy created by color contrasts and harmonies. While I have used these very ideas in the pursuit of my career as an architect and an interior designer, I try to capture and present them in my paintings as well.
Although I did not set out to be a ‘plein air’ artist, I enjoy painting in the outdoors immensely. The ever changing weather conditions and light makes painting outdoors challenging, but at the same time renders it extremely gratifying. There is a transcendental meditative quality to painting nature while being amongst it.
When I paint in the studio, I want to tell a story. In my Chilkur series, I have tried to encompass the different facets of life in the small villages that surround the Osman Sagar lake, a major source that supplies water to the city of Hyderabad, India. Almost all of my in-studio paintings are from photographs that I have taken during my travels. I enjoy taking photographs of people and places that touch me. Similar to my paintings, in my photography as well, I try to convey a story. I never insist on technical superiority, only on the tale told as it is.