I grew up in the historic city of Ahmedabad, 350 miles west of Mumbai in India. My parents’ home doubled as an unofficial shelter for animals who needed temporary shelter. They cared for hundreds of strays; I learnt to care for and paint animals early in life. By age 15 I was drawing portraits of people, animals and developed a love for free hand Henna patterns.I graduated as a computer engineer and came to U.S. for a Masters in IT. I worked in IT management most of my professional life. Through it all, I continued painting, exhibit and sell art, but not as often as I liked.
Soon after finishing my MBA at age 33, I decided that a day spent not painting was a day wasted. In April 2014 I left my career in IT to pursue my life-long dream of becoming a daily painter.
I am a contemporary artist. I paint daily out of my studio in Auburn, MA. Oil is my first love, and I enjoy working with graphite, charcoal and ink. Most of my pieces are commissioned portraits of people and pets. Other commissions in my portfolio include athlete figurative paintings.