Posted by on 5/12/2021 to Featured Artists
Featured Artist - Vinaya Muralidharan
At Calypso we publish cards by artists from all over the world – tell us where you grew up and where you live and work.
I grew up in a small town in south India called Hubli. After I finished my engineering degree I moved to Bangalore and once I got married, we moved to Sydney and I have been here ever since.
What is your work environment like, do you have a home studio? An ocean view? What sort of music do you like to listen to while you work?
That is such an interesting question. I do have a home studio. My home overlooks the mountains so imagine a lot of trees, constant sound of birds and breathtaking sunsets. Since I mostly work in collections, the music changes with respect to that. If I am working on delicate colorful pieces, it would be something happy and if I am working on larger moody pieces, the music would be more deep. For the indigo collection, I was listening to classical music that reminded me of home, while for the florals it’s been more of podcasts than music.
How is your day structured as a working artist?
It’s very important for me to have a routine. The mornings are usually a little slow and I enter the studio sometime around 9.30 - 10.00 am. I have observed that I am creatively charged if I go outside in nature before I enter so I try to do it as much as I can. I then clean my studio and light a candle for scent, put on some music or a podcast and the day begins. I paint for 4-5 hours before moving on to other admin activities like responding to emails, packing orders etc. As a working artist, there is so much to do and the list is never-ending. Once I have my tasks planned for the week, my schedule is pretty flexible on when to achieve them within that week. I close the studio at around 5.30pm since my son will be back home and I spend the rest of the evening with my family. I sneak in sometimes at night or early morning too if my son is sleeping.
How did you begin your career as an artist?
I am an engineer by degree and used to work at a software engineering firm. After I had my son, I was on a maternity break during which I started painting every day. I had always been painting since I was a child but this was the first time I tried watercolors. I fell in love with the medium and did a 100-day project during which I created art every day for 100 days and posted them on social media. It was during this time that I found that people loved what I was doing and wanted to buy from me. It was also only then that I became aware that I could do this for a living and that’s how it all started.
What was your first big success as an artist?
My first big success as art artist was when I found my unique voice to express myself. When I found my creative style/voice, it felt so authentic…I then launched my first collection which was really very well received and that’s another moment that I am proud of.
What inspires your work?
This answer would really depend on the time of my life because had you asked me this a year ago it would have been florals, a few months back it would have been an emotion; currently I’m really enjoying exploring colors and how they work with each other. I am inspired by a lot of things… primarily nature.
Are there other artists that inspire you?
There are many many artists who inspire me and I am discovering someone new every day. I have observed one thing though: the artists who are in deep connection with the creative process are the ones I am inspired by. Every artist has a different process and some of them are deeply connected and find great meaning in creating. I find them very inspiring.
What is your earliest memory of creating art?
I think since forever. I was always known at school as the kid who excelled in art. I have always represented my college for arts. So art has always been there… it has come and gone in parts of my life and I am so happy to make it a constant now.
What is your favorite medium?
At this moment, watercolor.
I love a range of mediums and the one which fits best for my concept ends up becoming my favorite at the moment.
How has your style changed over time?
My style will keep changing because as a human, I am changing every day and art is very much a part of me. As I evolve, my art and my style evolve too.
Of all the cards we publish by you, do you have a favorite?
I love all of them so much … picking one is very hard. Maybe Charm...
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