ARTIST Q&A

Asha Sudhaker Shenoy

Bangalore, India

Type of artwork you're most likely to produce?

Landscapes, still life, Figures and portraits, floral, animals.

What is your favourite piece of art you have created?

It’s the Pink Lotus in watercolors.

If you weren't an artist what other career would you be in?

Would have been a homemaker.

If you could buy one piece of artwork what would it be?

Nicolai Fechin’s Portrait of N. V. Sapozhnikova.

What inspires you?

Just anything.

Delving a little deeper

Why do you do what you do?

I was a full-time banker for 30 years, but then I decided that the rat race should end and a new life should be led, where I do what I love to do most, create art from my heart. Something that makes me feel so happy and content.

Can you tell us about your artistic background/education

My father used to draw, mostly faces and my interest for art sprouted with this exposure. When I was young there wasn’t much available to learn from, except one’s own observation and imagination. I continued to draw during school holidays. My basics of drawing improved as I observed from life and continued to draw.

By then life had other priorities, so I had to do a job-oriented university course with which I finally landed a job to slog mindlessly for the next 30 years to have some financial stability. But there was a void, so I resigned from my job and joined a 6-month fine art course during which I learnt some of the basics of art. I was fascinated by the different mediums available to experiment with and enjoyed my trials and tribulations with art. And then my art was liked by many and I started selling too, and I haven’t turned back, never regretted taking up art, it's never too late to fulfill one’s dreams. A very colorful one at that!

Do you work in silence or do you prefer a distraction?

Silence. I love the sound of silence. I love to be with myself, and be engrossed in thoughts of beauty.

How do you choose the subject matter for your works?

I am an “any subject” painter. I don’t have a method or process for painting, so each painting is a new challenge for me.

Has your practice changed over time?

Not much. I dabble in any subject and any medium that appeals to me at that moment.

Who are your favourite contemporary or historical artists and why?

I love the old masters, Rembrandt being the most favourite. There are many others too like Monet, Manet, Degas, Mary Cassatt, Nicolai Fechin, John Singer Sargent and many more. I love their renditions; I can stare at their artworks for hours on end. There is no particular reason why, but they all fascinate me and transport me to a different world from which I do not want to return!

If you could describe your work in less than 5 words, what would they be?

Varied songs from my heart.

What is the best advice given to you as an artist?

Just do it! Never doubt yourself! And keep at it.