21 Under 31 | Sangita Phadke

By Bonnie Gangelhoff

Sangita Phadke, Black and Green Grapes, pastel, 12 x 12.

Sangita Phadke, Black and Green Grapes, pastel, 12 x 12.

ART EDUCATION: Self-taught.
STYLE: Realism.
MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: One of the best things about working in pastel is the ability to apply several layers of color, and I take full advantage of that. My paintings usually have about ten layers of pastel underneath the finishing touches.
SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Painting is the only career choice for me. After working in another field, I learned that being passionate about my career is so important. I was in finance and consulting before; now I’m a full-time artist.
BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: From my husband, Kedar, who encouraged me to leave my career in finance and pursue the only thing I ever wanted to do. I’ve been doing my art for four years now, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
CREATIVE SPARK: Long drives in the car. When I’m in the car, I get ideas for what I want to paint. I’m inspired by my surroundings. I’ve seen some of the most amazing colors and imagery. I have to pull over and park so I can photograph or sketch a scene.
ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU: I teach art classes and workshops. Once in a while I find myself talking out loud and teaching classes in my studio when I’m all alone.
FUTURE GOALS: To finish a series of paintings of fruits and vegetables that glamorize natural foods in the same way that fast food is advertised. My goal is to create a painting for each state showcasing their produce. I want to give people a chance to think more about healthy eating by making local choices.
PRICE RANGE: $500 to $15,000.
REPRESENTATION: www.sangitaphadke.com.

Featured in our annual “21 Under 31″ issue in September 2010