Henry Ward Beecher, said,
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
In our today’s #FridayFeature blog focusing on the #WonderWomen segment, we present a woman, or rather a girl, who believes in dipping her paint brush in her soul just like Mr. Henry. Meet, engineering student, Soumya Sawkar, who alongside pursuing her computer science engineering, is also an artist. How does she manage her studies alongside her creative pursuits and what made her turn her passion for arts into a profession? Let’s find out in her own words.
“I primarily like introducing myself as an artist rather than as a student. So, that’s how we’ll start this conversation. Hi, my name is Soumya P Sawkar and I am an artist. My speciality is oil and acrylic paintings, but I also work with watercolours, alcohol inks, and resin.
Besides this, I’m also currently pursuing a graduate degree in computer science engineering. It’s so easy to recall as to what got me here because I have been an artist for as long as I can remember; you could say I never stopped creating art! From my childhood days I have always wanted to be an artist, in fact, it was my first choice for a profession! The biggest challenge for me, at least right now, is the balance between books and painting!
I usually struggle with managing my time between college and art. The other struggle and challenge is to establish my name as an artist. I am trying to find a strong foothold in the consumer market of art and am also looking for suitable art galleries. There wasn’t such a turning point because like I mentioned, I was always drawing and sketching as a kid.
As I grew older, I realised that academics played an important role and as a smart choice I decided to choose a career based on that. However, my passion for art did not fade away. And, realising the creative talent I had in me, I decided to pursue art as more than just a hobby, and put it out into the world. So, I started selling my artwork and taking up commissioned projects a few years ago.
My motivation is our beautiful world! I find my creative inspiration from the world around me. I like traveling and spending time in nature. My artwork reflects the scenic beauty of the places I’ve visited. The feel of the canvas texture, the various hues and shades of colours and the process of mixing these colours on my palette, inspire me to create something beautiful. Artists like Bob Ross and Van Gogh have been a great source of inspiration in my artistic journey so far.
From doing it as a hobby in my childhood days, to taking it up professionally: selling it through Instagram, putting up art stalls in cultural festivals of colleges, my journey has been one of growth and self-discovery. I’m happy to share that people love my artwork, they tell me it brings an aesthetic value for and to their homes.
Over the years I’ve discovered many techniques of art, such as glass painting, wood painting, pour painting, alcohol inks, acrylic paints, oil paints, watercolours, creating pieces of jewellery like resin pendants, and have even once or twice used a rotating cake stand to create patterns in art! In the coming days, I would like to display my art in galleries, sell my artwork to interior decorators, and keep discovering new methods of creating art because it brings me immense joy!
From being scolded for colouring on the walls to being appreciated and valued for doing the same on the canvas, it has been an incredible journey so far!
As effortless as it may seem, creating a work of art requires time and energy and it has taught me quite a few things in life. For instance, the repeated process of applying the base coat on a canvas over and over again, has taught me the value of routine and patience in life. Another instance I’d like to share is related to oil painting.
I’ve come to realise that oil painting is forgiving and lets one correct their mistakes by painting over them, as is true in life. Finally, I’d like to say that
“Art has taught me to embrace my imperfections and uniqueness, as art doesn’t have to be perfect. You just need to express what you feel!”
I’d like to end by saying that I’m grateful for all the opportunities given to me and would like to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey so far and continue to do so. We are all artists of our own destiny, in the sense that
“Life is a blank canvas when we are born, and we fill it with colours by the choices we make!”
To drop in a message to Soumya, have a look at her many wonderful and eye-candy artworks, and to inquire or order one of her amazing paintings for yourself (or to gift them to someone) follow the links below: