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about me

 

D33Light is the name of my brand that 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 mostly with bold and beautiful hues. I am currently creating portraits in pencil and charcoal, that focus on more realistic detail. This series will be called “The faces of Light”

 

My art influence comes from various parts of the word and my experiences with travel, dance, and yoga. I use a wide variety of techniques, and you will find hints of different areas within my art, such as subtle henna designs influenced by my Indian heritage.

 

My work is deeply dedicated to the message of self-care and the creative process is very 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 reflect on how yoga can be medicinal and self-healing. I definitely think of my art as a huge part of my spiritual practice and growth. My process usually involves a yoga 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 practice of self-care and passion for me. In 2018 I made the decision to begin referring to myself as an artist and since then I have grown in so many creative ways. 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 community. With this in mind, I primarily show my work at public venues and hope 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

I was born in the UK and moved to Canada at age 11. Life in the UK was predominantly different in that my school was a 90% Southeast Asian population, and I had a huge culture shock moving 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, as well as starting a bridal henna business with my mother at the age of 15. These experiences really impacted my love for art and molded my artistic mind. In my late teens after my first heartbreak, I visited Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Bay BC to heal and question again who I am and what my passions are.

 

Soon after, I lost a very dear family member to cancer and committed to organizing 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 off my long locks changed my perception of beauty, and I realized the immense amount of time I was spending cultivating my outer appearance was in such vain. It was the beginning of my spiritual journey of learning about nonattachment and renunciation.

 

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

 

After a year of teaching ESL to new immigrants and refugees upon my return to Canada, I was a little lost and again experiencing culture shock. It was time to reassess where I was, and what I was doing. I decided to stay at the Yasodhara Ashram and complete an intensive yoga and self-development course.   It was where I learned how to merge yoga, meditation, and art and ask the main question of what my purpose is. Since then I have visited this sacred place several times with my family.

 

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