Q1. Tell us about yourself, your family.
I have been a proud homemaker for the last 40 years and now with the kids grown up & grandkids filling up my daily life with activities, I was finally able to find some time to introspect and carve my path towards my passion - Drawing!.
I lost my younger son tragically in 2020 & life has not been the same since. I took up drawing to keep my mind off from wandering and gradually found it extremely meditative. With support and encouragement from my family I finally decided to take it more seriously.
Q2. Did art, painting specifically always attracted you?
Yes, art in all forms has always attracted me. In fact I was one of those kids who would draw / scribble on any empty pages. It's only much later I got to know it was called Doddle art 😊
Q3. Did you gain any kind of formal training earlier?
No, like I said, I enjoyed doodling pretty much all the time but in our era, it wasn't a form of art really, it's just what kids did in those days. So when I started it was all very new for me. But after trying my hand on different things for a few months and during my covid journey..I took some online classes which truly helped…..didn’t get much time & devotion before this honestly.
Q4. As a homemaker, did you plan for your retirement?
Not really…..and I still don’t feel retired or want it that way. Keeping active and doing things one is passionate about is retirement for me.
Q5. Looking back would you do anything differently?
Had a lot of interests and I did manage to fulfill a few. I used to be a part time social worker for providing medical aid to the needy. I was diagnosed with brain tuberculosis in my early 30s...thankfully I was able to get out of it within 2 years & then decided to work closely with the medical fraternity to help out people. Other than this, I used to assist kids in my friends & family circle with various things related to craft, drawing, fancy dress competitions & their holiday homeworks. A few interests are left unfulfilled like theatre.... but I still have time.. never say never.
Q6. If you have to give one piece of advice to someone who’s looking to reinvent themselves, what will that be?
Don’t wait for the perfect time and don't wait if it’s (your art) not perfect…...practice and work at it and you will get there. We all have the power in us to set goals & achieve them.