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Personal Statement

Over the years as I developed as an artist, I came to the realization that the PROCESS of making a piece of art intrigues me more than its subject matter. I am never satisfied with using one medium exclusively and always attempt to combine several.

I embraced charcoal as my primary medium for several years, using a variety of improvised tools such as ear syringes, brushes, charcoal powder, ink and many different types of erasers to manipulate it. Wooden panels became my supports for a while and currently I am painting on large canvases, transforming their smooth surfaces into fields of texture by applying any number of pastes, gels and clear gessoes raked through with hardware implements to create peaks and dips into which the acrylic paints flow.

Random lines drawn emphatically at the start of a piece, guide the direction it will take and I permit myself to follow their lead, readily yielding any preconceived notion I may have had. I allow the subject matter to navigate itself, to rise from the medley of emerging shapes. What started out being houses could be transformed into highways, the hint of an elbow could result in an emerging figure. Intuition is my favorite tool and I embrace it mightily.

Unconsciously I am drawn to the brilliance of the colors I was surrounded by during my childhood in India. However I endeavor to transport the viewer beyond the obvious lure of color and subject matter, and want him to consider the complexities of the work and to feel the intensity of my commitment.