I come from an unusual background, to say the least. Born in Detroit to my yoga teacher parents who were part of the American Sikh community, childhood in New Mexico, where I lived for much of the time with my mother’s parents. High schooled in India, I returned to the United States at 17, taught yoga in my parents’ yoga studio, rebelled at 19, took off my turban (Sikhs wear turbans) and never put one on again. I collected a bachelor’s degree in Computer Animation from Florida Atlantic University, studied drawing, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry at Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico which is where I taught myself to paint. I went back to FAU in 2005 for a Master’s degree in Computer Animation from the Center for Electronic Communications, taught there for a couple of semesters but quickly reverted to my love of my life, which is painting.
I have been working in the medium of acrylic on canvas for 21 years, and specialized for awhile in large, almost colossal canvases, but was only able to sell a few major works because most people don’t have homes large enough for them. More recently, I have been working on smaller, more easily displayed work, finally building up enough inventory to open my own Etsy shop! Just opening the shop was a major achievement; publishing this blurb about myself was another milestone for me.
I live in Delray Beach, Florida, with the other love of my life, Alan Milner, also known online as SageMerlin, who is a journalist (tellusnewsdigest.com), poet, essayist, and website developer (he designed this one for me,) and who builds some of my canvases for me from scratch.
So, yes, I have a Etsy shop, but I created this website to let you see into the process through which I create my art. I am planning to post videos of work in progress here, so you can see exactly how these paintings get created.