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Shakun Maheshwari--Stain Glass Artwork
Stain Glass Artist
It seems like yesterday I was a young girl watching my mother, aunts, and cousins putting henna on their hands in the summer heat of Rajasthan, India. More than an art form, the application of henna was a social event for the women in a family. I remember spending hours learning how to create the intricate designs on my own hands. My interest in art started from those early beginnings. I started painting and decorating all kinds of household objects, from drinking glasses to curtain valences. My family and friends were impressed with what I did, and gave me encouragement and opportunities to continue pursuing my interest.
To me, art is a continuous circle that is constantly changing and taking different shapes. My art is influenced by my emotions, my surroundings, and my experiences in life. It is hard to separate art from my life.
Though my style has changed greatly since my earlier works, my paintings still show impressions of my heritage. I have expanded from my base of oil and acrylic painting and developed a passion for watercolor, pastel, photography, collage, batik, monoprint, ink, and woodcut prints.
I love the spontaneity and freshness of watercolor and monoprints, the brightness of pastels, and the bold lines of woodcuts. Photography and inks strike me with their stark contrast of black and white and with their soft grays.
Nature is my inspiration. I try to capture its beauty, energy, and patterns in my work. But the beautiful and the exotic are not my only subjects. I find beauty all around me, even in the plain and ordinary. I am also inspired by cultural aspects of life, and try to capture these in both painting and photography.
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