Tell us a bit about yourself.
I come from a family of four girls whom I’m close with to this day. We fight, we love and we are so very different from each other. I’m also a twin sister, so I’ve had the privilege of never being bored and always having a friend.
My parents immigrated from India to Canada in the 1960’s-70’s. So being first generation Canadian, I’ve come to appreciate all the cultural familial aspects while living in Vancouver. I have three young children and a husband who is an architect. We met while both studying architecture at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
I decided to be a stay at home Mother when our first daughter was born. It was a tough pill to swallow. I felt like I failed in some way. But it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Our oldest is now 11 and those early years of her being young literally vanished. I used to grumble with annoyance when older people would tell me, this time will fly by. Being sleep deprived and being a parent or even working in an office while your child is in daycare is such a difficult time. Art became an avenue to take out my internal frustration and eventually became my vocation.
When did art first enter your life? How did it start?
It started when I was three years old. I distinctly remember using paints at a hospital recovering from an asthma attack and loved how it made me feel. No one can make something that you just made. Its 100% original. Even if its an ugly bathtub (that’s what I painted)!