"An Artist Cannot Fail' with Asha Sudhaker Shenoy

February 27, 2019

Asha Sudhaker Shenoy is a self taught artist from India, art is a passion for her. Watching her father make small pen sketches on the newspaper margins, helped developed her interest in art, and like any other child, she started drawing. This continued as a leisure activity until she started taking her art seriously over the last decade and a half. Asha loves to experiment in all mediums and does not like to restrict herself to a particular “style” or "subject" as she feel that restrains the spirit of art. Asha paints whenever she can and anything that inspires her, gives her joy ! Nature and all creations in nature are the major sources of her inspiration.

I always remember the words of Charles H Cooley: "An Artist cannot fail, it is a success just to be one"

Asha Sudhaker Shenoy at work in her studio

 

What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?

Even as a child I loved nature and liked to make small drawings, and in due course picked up figure drawing from my father who was a self taught artist, who did free hand drawings from memory in his spare time.

How would you describe your own personal style?

My personal style springs from my heart and is a spontaneous response to the visuals around me or in my imagination.

"Indian Radha Dancing", Asha Sudhaker Shenoy, Oil on Canvas, 2013

 

What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?

It’s my love for nature and figurative art that pushed me in that direction. I have always enjoyed creating.

Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, and maybe even other artists?

My family has encouraged me a lot, especially my father and mother during my childhood days.

When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?

I love all mediums and I am fairly comfortable with one and all. Each medium has its own charm for me. My first love is of course watercolor; it’s nothing short of magic. I could use the simplest of the art materials. I have sometimes used twigs with crushed tips as brushes for some of my paintings!

"Gopis Dancing at Dusk", Asha Sudhaker Shenoy, Oil on Canvas, 2013

 

When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?

It’s spontaneous, if I see an interesting pose, I paint a figurative, a landscape if I am mesmerized by one and so on.

Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?

No routines, no rituals. I paint when I am inspired, then and there. Or hurry back home to make art.

When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?

One piece at a time.

"Krishna with Gopakis", Asha Sudhaker Shenoy, Oil on Canvas, 2013

 

Which of your artworks are you most proud off?

I am proud of all my artworks; they are part of me, like my very own children.

Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?

There are many, as I use all mediums. I love painterly art and those who create such art!

If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?

Yes, the Impressionist era, love the art in this particular period.

What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?

Getting recognition is tough. So its just as important to create art as it is relationships. 

What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?

Love what you do, be creative, be different.

"Kathak Dancers", Asha Sudhaker Shenoy, Oil on Canvas,  2013

 

Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?

Impressionist art will always draw me to it.

We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?

Yes, I can. I do stop, when I feel its done.

"Bharatha Natyam Dancer", Asha Sudhaker Shenoy, Oil on Canvas,  2013

 

Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject / theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?

Sometimes I do. Especially, when it comes to protecting flora and fauna.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on a still life in oil pastels.

 




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