Preethi Mathialagan (Pret)
I am an entirely self taught and independent artist, all my artwork are in my private collection in USA. Each painting is filled with my passion for life, my vision of this world, the nature, beautiful colors around me and the perception of people along with my emotions.I never knew I could adore doing something so much which would end up with a beautiful colors on the canvas.
I see objects as vibrant patterns, textures and palettes. For me life is a colorful and beautiful experience that is to be enjoyed to its fullest. I get into active meditation mode when I hold my paintbrush and palette. I express my emotions and visions through colors on the canvas. I love the loneliness and serenity during the creation.
People have supported my art and valued my abstract creations, this support and creativity stayed with me to keep me going. I feel my paintings are precious and so elegant. It is hard process at times and takes whole lot of confidence to push against the grain but the outcome feels amazing to get a beautiful colorful abstract artwork completed. I keep creating lots and lots of paintings in my studio and admire them every day of my life and my biggest goal is to protect them to be safe and original.
My artwork "Mayil" won the Viewer's choice price in the Creating Joy Show at Susquehanna Art Musuem - September 2020.
My painting "Veeram" has been selected in 92nd Annual Internation Juried Show by Art Association of Harrisburg Pennslyvania USA - August 2020
My artwork 'Carefree' featured in the famous Warner Bros-NBC series 'Blindspot'
My paintings are currently exhibited in Towne House Cafe at Downtown Harrisburg Pennsylvania owned by Todd Harlan.
I have been creating and selling my artwork for more than 9 years, I have sold lots of paintings online. I have sold to customers from North America, South America, Europe, Australia, UAE!
I live in Houston Texas, USA with my husband and two little kids. I have earned a Bachelor degree in Telecommunication Engineering. I have worked in Top Software/Mobile Companies with high paying job but Iam so passionate in art so gradually became fulltime artist now and have my own art studio, art gallery and online website. I was born and raised in Bangalore, India, a country with beautiful rich colors and culture.
Initially I never had a studio and I made use of all the space in my house to create my painting including the bedroom, kitchen and laundry room.As my work grew bigger and bigger, we decided to move to a larger space and now have my own studio. My brain always revolves around art and colors. I love to talk about art, love to shop art supplies, love to dream about art( feels crazy) this make me create lots of paintings and I dont feel tired atall. Now my studio is slowly getting full but I cannot stop painting and I think its not enough !!!
I used to draw and sketch from my childhood days. I was always interested in sketching/painting during my schooI breaks. After my high school I was very busy with my college and job for some years. when I came down to USA in 2009 had an oppurtunity to try painting on canvas using acrylic and oil colors. I started with lot of animal paintings- white tiger, horse, zebra, elephant, birds, owl. It was a challenge creating a natural animal fur/ bird feather details without good brush and paint and I managed to paint it in between my infant son's nap time. To everyone’s surprise, it turned be an exceptional artwork and the rest, they say, is history!
I follow many contemporary artists and admire their work a lot. But I love the works of the three greatest artists - "Vincent Vangogh", "Gustav Klimt" and “Jackson Pollock”. Their paintings are just incredible!
My artistic style-
I create Contemporary Modern Paintings with different shades of beautiful colors in my style. I work with palette knifes and brushes using heavy acrylic professional paints on primed canvas. For some details I also use my fingers to get the patterns and shades I want. Each artwork takes many days to complete. My paintings will have lots of layers and variation of dark/light shades with lot of textures and brush strokes. I paint almost every day of my life.
My first sale-
I sold my first painting to a buyer in Puerto Rico. It was a yellow macaw painting with wings wide open and flying with some abstract blue textures in the bottom. A big canvas work which took a lot of time creating and I miss that painting a lot.
I always observe the colors and textures around me. When it rains, I notice the abstract formation of water on the glass windows. I see the satellite pictures of the earth with depth and colors which is something very interesting and beautiful to eyes. I love the amazing nature so much - white mountains, green forest with great varieties of wild animals and colorful birds. The bright colored and glowing underwater coral reefs, iceburgs, the universe and galaxies, the naturally formed valconos, beaches, rocky mountains and flowers with brilliant colors. Its such a magical feeling to your heart and eyes.
All the colorful experience throughout my life, indian weddings, colorful festivals, beautiful grand outfits( especially south indian silk sarees), Indian rich culture...I always admired and loved these colorful and beautiful things around me and wanted to experiment and enjoy the colors in my paintings which ends up as a beautiful abstract art. I don’t stop until I’m satisfied and get a "wow" feeling.
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
"Artist and not paid for their labour but for their vison!"
"Art is for Expression, Science is for Exploration, Engineering is for Invention, Design is for Communication. I think Art connects all!"
"I fear to dive deep into the ocean, fear to climb the mountains but I truly love them!"
Thank you for your interest in my artwork!
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