Sangeeta Wadhwani
Sangeeta Wadhwani has been an aesthete most of her life. While her primary role has been that of a voice in writing as an author, magazine editor (she has worked with ELLE, L'OFFICEL, and is presently Executive Editor of HELLO! India), she has always felt a deep connect with India's rich culture - be it visual, spiritual, musical, cinematic, culinary.

Her love of art was initially sparked off when she had a free hour on her high school schedule  in the Taipei American School, and opted to learn Oriental Brush Painting. She found herself not only addicted to the magical process of creating beauty and joy, but also by the meditative states painting could take one to.

Since her ground training was in Chinese brush painting was in water colour, initially she would use acrylic in the same style as water colour, resulting in her first major acrylic work, Buddhas in Love. Thereafter, she worked with a few teachers to understand the true dynamics of creating works in acrylic, and added her own embellishments, choosing mostly Swarovski crystals and pearls.

An avid reader of Amar Chitra Kathas even while growing up in Asia, the imagery of our Hindu divine deities always held a certain fascination. So not surprisingly, all her works are inspired by Indian Gods and Goddesses.

The Sri Lakshmi work here is mixed media; she created an organic, handmade temple style frame with 3D lotus motifs. The image of Sri Lakshmi is revisited with a plethora of tiny, detailed embellishments from Swarovski crystals in varied sizes and shapes and imported fashion studs (normally used by the likes of Tarun Tahiliani to embellish his indi-print garments). The image is created from a pastiche of digital inks, oil pastels, acrylic paint and the coins are outlined with 3D paint.

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