Ranjini Venkatachari, Sammamish,WA, USA Member Since February 2009 Artist Statement I was born in Chennai, a city in Southern India . I graduated with a Math degree from the University of Madras . Art has been my passion right from a very young age. Before I discovered colored pencils I was working with graphite's and Ethnic Indian paintings. I am now residing in the Sammamish , WA with my husband.
I have my works juried in many National and International shows across the US, like Salmagundi Annual non-member exhibition, Leading masters of Contemporary Realism ( International guild of Realism) and 14th Annual International show ( Colored pencil Society of America ). My works have recently been published in American Artist and International Artist magazine.
‘Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. - Claude Monet'
Inspired by the finer nuances of simple everyday subjects, I embody my work with a variety of moods by using expressive color and dramatic lighting. Although I prefer to work in a realistic style, I like my art to be a passionate interpretation rather than a replication of what I see.
I chose colored pencils because of their versatility. The medium satisfies my craving for simple drawings as well as full saturated paintings with lots of detail. Most of my works are created on textured surfaces. I like how these surfaces handle Color pencil by allowing a lot of layering.
A recent addition to my works has been the use of Neocolor II with colored Pencils. My technique of blending Neocolor II (water soluble wax crayon) with Colored pencils speeds up the process and also imparts rich finish to my paintings. The works are then varnished, UV sprayed and framed without a glass similar to an oil/acrylic painting.