Artist Portfolio Magazine – 2017 Q4 Art Competition
Swarna Sitaraman – Chandler, AZ
Art and music keep me alive. Nature all around is simply mesmerizing and human interpretation of her, bewilders me.
Swarna Sitaraman, is an avid artist and crafter and a mother of two artistically inclined children. Born and brought up in a small town in India, she grew up with interest in science, music and art. Learning basic drawing and pencil sketching from her father from the age of ten, she started exploring the next easily available medium; fabric paints (acrylics)in her later teens under the vigilant guidance of her father and exceptional support, encouragement from her mother. The extracurricular activities at school taught her to crochet, embroider, sew, etc which were then honed by her aunt.
Having failed at getting admitted into architectural education, she got her bachelors in Applied sciences from Thiagarajar college of Engineering. Her interest in Architecture soon lured her into pursuing a career in Interior designing in India for a brief time. After the birth of her son, she moved to the United states of America with her husband. The scenic mountains of Denver enticed the full-time home maker, into using her spare time to get back to painting. Watching the art shows on public television, she slowly picked up the tricks of the trade. She taught herself to paint with other mediums and when they moved to Arizona, art became an integral part of her life. With a passion to share her skills with others, she started teaching at the local art stores, and city classes.
In line with her belief that art can serve a higher purpose, she continues to donate art works to many local charities. Some of her works adorn some residences and restaurants in the valley. Though she enjoys experimenting with other styles of art, she always tends to fall back to realism. Sharing art with all age groups, she hopes that it brings a difference to people’s lives as they get in touch with their inner child. She aspires to get better as well as she learns from her mistakes and is positive that art would be the medium that would continue in the journey of her soul, for lifetimes to come.