D33Light, a brand connecting the philosophy of incorporating light and positivity into all areas of my life. I’m a firm believer that a light-filled, colorful environment impacts mode, creativity, and success.
As a mixed-media, graphite, and public artist, I am influenced by experiences of travel, dance, and yoga. I use a wide variety of techniques and patterns that stem from traditional Indian culture as well as design influences such as realism and serialism.
I am deeply dedicated to my creative process which is spiritual, organic, and intuitive, and my work which encourages the message of self-care, self-sustenance, and self-healing through movement and art. I enjoy the exploration of light and dark by using glow-in-the-dark paint, and structure and depth by creating rough and crystalline surfaces.
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 passionate method of self-care for me.
In 2017 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 my community. I hope you join me on my journey of life as an artist.
Born in the UK, I immigrated to Canada at age 11. Life in the UK was predominantly surrounded by people of South-Asian descent with a strong connection to my heritage and culture. Moving to Canada was a huge culture shock, and I was now a minority. It was a very strange way to discover my identity and understand who I am and whom I was becoming.
However, In my small community, I had the opportunity to showcase my Indian heritage through performing classical and Bollywood dances, 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, movement, creativity and molded my artistic mind. In my late teens, I visited Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Bay BC for two weeks on a Karma Yoga experience and began a 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 vain. It was an awakening step in 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 immersed myself in a completely different, life-changing, and epic world of culture and language.
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 on my journey every time.
I now live in the beautiful city of Olympia with my family.