My interest in art developed in my early childhood as I grew up seeing the beautiful paintings by my grandmother. This early enthusiasm has now become the driving force which makes me create through painting.
Inspiration for me comes from my immediate and perceived environment. Living close to Rajasthan in India, I am inspired by the vastness of the desert, its colour, the architecture and the culture of its people. I love to paint its palaces, havelis and pillars which are getting eroded by the passage of time.
I also love to paint the human figure especially of the women, deep in thought, synthesizing some detail of the architecture in the background.
My passion for art and ancient architecture takes me to different cultures to see their diverse and rich art forms. As I paint the forgotten temples, churches and homes, I wonder about the young craftsman who laboured at making these beautiful monuments. My paintings of these ruins are a homage to their excellent design concept and work.
Coming across a shrine in Thailand devoted to the martyrs of World War 2, I painted my series on 'Prayer'. These soulful old places, forged out of stone and wood, inspire my spirit and I am driven to capture them on canvas.
Shuchi Krishan 2000