Nandita Richie is a graduate of Applied Art from the College of Art (New Delhi), a renowned fine art institute in India. She also holds an advanced diploma in Multimedia and has worked for several multinational companies, but art was her calling. Nandita is now a full time painter and had exhibited her works at numerous art fairs and galleries throughout India and abroad. She has also been asked to judge several art competitions held at art schools and organizations in India.
My unique style embodies my mission statement “I do not paint what I see but what I want to see." Painting allows me to speak from my heart, as to what moves and motivates me, while serving as a mirror of my inner self. I am a dreamer and I see beauty in the nature that surrounds me. I am concerned about our vastly depleting green environments and rapidly growing concrete jungles. Painting nature is my way of honoring the outdoors and bringing it inside.Even though nature inspires me, I am not interested in replicating nature, but rather painting the bits and pieces that strike a chord with me. As Vincent Van Gogh famously said, “I dream my painting and then I paint my dream.” The essence of my work lies in exploring the beauty that is present within the natural world. Through this process I am able to extract what draws me to nature and then bring it back to the canvas.
I find that painting flowers, lilies and waterscapes comes naturally to me. My recent body of work is mainly waterscapes and lily pads reflecting forms of abstraction through simplification of composition and reduction of all non-essential elements. I consider myself to be a colorist and my work is centered around making beautiful obliquely structured compositions with pure, vivid colors. I am inspired by the Impressionists but my own work is modern and contemporary. I use the impasto technique in which I paint in very thick layers, wet paint upon wet, usually with a palette knife making visible strokes. Sometimes I mix the paint right on the canvas while building layers and composition.
Besides painting on canvas, I have expanded my creativity towards wearable art, also known as Art to Wear. Although making any article of clothing or wearable object typically involves aesthetic considerations, the term wearable art implies that the work is intended to be accepted as a serious and unique artistic creation and statement pieces may be sold or exhibited. My personal collection of wearable art refers to individually designed pieces of digitally printed, limited-edition designer silk scarves, saris, ties and pocket squares.