ARTIST SPEAK

Artist Bhavna Misra ob­serves life closely and de­sires to make a dif­fer­ence through her draw­ings and paint­ings. She paints por­traits, wildlife, na­ture and spe­cialises in cre­at­ing cus­tom art­work

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Artist Bhavna Misra de­sires to make a dif­fer­ence through her paint­ings

Step into Bhavna’s stu­dio, and you’re wel­comed by col­or­ful land­scapes and boldly painted smil­ing por­traits that are dis­played on the gallery walls. The place is full of paint­ings, big and small, in the var­i­ous stages of mak­ing. Oil is her choice of medium for most of her works. She also uses pas­tels, acrylic and coloured pen­cils. Bhavna started dis­play­ing her artis­tic in­cli­na­tion from an early age. She grew up in a beau­ti­ful hill-sur­rounded area in Hi­machal Pradesh. Tall pine trees, snowy moun­tains, lush val­leys, clear-wa­ter lakes, and di­verse wildlife left a life-long im­pact on her artis­tic ad­ven­tures. In col­lege, she stud­ied en­gi­neer­ing and worked in IT and sci­ence

re­lated fields; but to her, sci­ence and art were never sep­a­rate. Bhavna says, “Sci­ence is the art of ac­cu­racy, and the tech­nique of art is cer­tainly a sci­ence of cre­ativ­ity.” She never had a doubt about be­com­ing a painter one day. Fi­nally, about eight years ago, she quit her of­fice job and started to paint full-time.

She nei­ther has a for­mal ed­u­ca­tion in arts nor an arts de­gree. In fact, not study­ing art for­mally gave her a chance to de­velop her own per­sonal style, and liv­ing in the spirit of learn­ing as a life­long stu­dent. She prac­ticed and ex­per­i­mented with­out pres­sure that usu­ally comes with the strict aca­demic re­quire­ments. This helped in keep­ing her work fresh, and open to ideas. For her dis­ci­plined work ethics, she gives credit to her rig­or­ous study rou­tine that was in­stilled early on through the de­mand­ing aca­demic rou­tine. Bhavna’s hard work led her to re­ceive in­vi­ta­tions to dis­play her work in re­puted gal­leries and mu­se­ums. She has won mul­ti­ple awards for her paint­ings and many were cho­sen to be pub­lished on the cov­ers of mag­a­zines and art literature. Bhavna has only one ad­vice to aspiring artists, “There are no short­cuts to hard work. Try to learn as much as you can, and al­ways do your best”.

Bhavna’s hard work led her to re­ceive in­vi­ta­tions to dis­play her work in re­puted gal­leries and mu­se­ums.

Bhavna Misra

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