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Why I do what I do

This website will give you a glimpse into my work as an artist,  community builder and activist. I have been negotiating the world through the lens of a creative entrepreneur for the last two decades. It's been a wonderful journey with a lot of learning and collaborating with people I deeply respect.
In the coming years, I believe that creative thinkers will be crucial to document, stitch, hold and present the world. We are at the very edge of collapse on one side, and of a future that can spin out into unimaginable wonders on the other. I believe we can get to the happier side by working together!

Side work – commission

November 22nd, 2010

This is not a part of the show, but it is something that I have been working on in the studio. A commission for this guy. I dont really care for these commissions to be quite honest – but they are money : )

Anyway, now that this is out of the way I can focus more on the tapestry paintings. Although, I do have one more commission to get done.
This one of the kids is oil on panel. I kind of tried to give it my little touch with the colours and and line. I didn’t want it to be a super realistic work with perfect hands, clothes etc because that is not my style, and I feel that even if something is a commission, it has to have your own personal touch. This I am learning as I go along. I realise that it makes the commission more fun for me and less of a job.
My only ‘realistic copying’ was in the face. Besides aiming for the work to look like the kids I tried to give myself free reign with everything else. Like the sharp line on the sleeve. I like that. Something about the painting reminds me of Frida Kahlo – the mexican painter. whom I love…
Overall I’m quite happy with the way this turned out – but I know I have such a ways to go and so much to learn about portraiture!


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  • I think the work is orignal inspite of being a copy. Even the facial expressions which might be copied from the photograph, have a unique touch gets the character Which I feel is more important than the likenessto the picture.
    About comparing your work with Frida Kahlo, I think ure creative portraits can experiment between Frida Kahlo & Francis Bacon… :-)
    I am really looking fwd to see your paintings in real. The almost life-size nudes with the Pooja signature style!

  • Yep this one is a bit frida kahlo. i love her too. I like your ‘style’ coming through. yeah…more more more