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about me

 

D33Light is the name of my brand, I created to communicate my philosophy of incorporating light and color into life. I’m a firm believer that a colorful environment impacts mode, creativity, and success. This is why I chose to surround myself with color and work with bold and beautiful hues.

My art influence comes from various parts of the world and my experiences with travel, dance, and yoga. I use a wide variety of techniques and patterns that stem from traditional Indian henna influences as Asian designs influenced by my travels. 
 
My work is deeply dedicated to the message of self-care, self-sustenance, and self-healing through movement and art. My creative process is very spiritual, organic, and intuitive. I like to explore light and dark by using glow-in-the-dark paint and also structure and depth by creating rough and crystalline surfaces into my work. 
 
Art, music, and dance are all healing practices for me and I hope to depict how yoga can be medicinal and self-healing for any practitioner. I think of my art as a huge part of my spiritual practice and growth. My process usually involves chanting, movement, or meditation before I begin, and music and mantra while I create. I spend most of my days taking care of my family but always have the practice of art to help me cope, reflect, and balance my life. It is the most important method of self-care and passion for me. 

In 2018 I made a  huge decision to begin referring to myself as a professional Artist and have not looked back. As a self-taught public artist, there are many aspects of the industry that are new to me, but I have a desire to make my art accessible to everyday people and continuously grow, learn and create in the community. With this in mind, I primarily show my work at public venues and expect to be able to create murals in the near future. I hope you join me on my journey of life as an artist.

my background

 

was born in the UK and moved to Canada at age 11. Life in the UK was predominantly different, in that my school had a 90% Southeast Asian population. I had a huge culture shock moving to a community where I was the minority. It was a very strange way to discover my identity and understand who I was and whom I was becoming.

In my small community, I had the opportunity to showcase my Indian heritage through performing classical and Bollywood dance, and various Indian folk dances (Raas, Garba, and Bhangra) as well as starting a bridal henna business with my mother at the age of 15. These experiences impacted my love for art and movement and creativity and molded my artistic mind. In my late teens after my first heartbreak, I visited Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Bay BC for two weeks on a Karma Yoga experience to heal and begin my journey into self-discovery. I had the opportunity to dig deep and reflect on the type of person i wanted to be.

 

Soon after, I lost a very dear family member to cancer and processed my grief with action. I was committed to making a difference and raising awareness and this inspired me to organize a fundraiser for cancer research. With 5 friends and professors, we pledged to shave our heads and donate the hair to Locks For Love. We raised over $7000 in cancer research and I was blown away by how community support could heal and create change. 

 

The loss of my long locks changed my perception of beauty, and I realized that the immense amount of time I was spending cultivating my outer appearance was in such vain. It was an awakening and the next step in my journey of learning about nonattachment and renunciation.

 

Soon after graduation from the University of Saskatchewan, I decided to travel and teach ESL in Japan. It was where I met the love of my life, immersed myself in a completely different world of culture and language, and meet people from around the world. It was life-changing and epic. From there I visited Thailand and decided to return to Canada, still in love, doing long distance.

 

Upon my return to Canada, I taught ESL to new immigrants and refugees and worked with women building life skills with various non-profits. I loved my work but I was a little lost. It was time to reassess where I was and think about whether or not i was living my purpose. 

 

I decided to stay at the Yasodhara Ashram and complete an eight-month intensive yoga and self-development course. It was where I learned artistic spiritual practices merging yoga, meditation, and art, which i utilize to this day. Every couple of years I still come back to the questions of "Who am I?" and What is my purpose?" I have visited this sacred Ashram several times with my family, and it fills and refuels me giving me a fresh perspective of my journey every time.

 

I now live in the beautiful city of Olympia with my husband and two young children.