21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2017: Dhwani Parekh

Dhwani Parekh

Dhwani Parekh, Copper and Tangerine, oil, 16 x 20.

Dhwani Parekh, Copper and Tangerine, oil, 16 x 20.

Art Education: My parents noticed my inclination toward drawing and painting when I was in school. They encouraged me to pursue the career of my dreams. I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, India. I have also been privately training with Jonathan Hardesty of Classical Art Online.

Style: Contemporary and classical realism.

Creative Spark: Nature is my muse. The play of light and shadow amazes and inspires me to explore creatively. Depicting exactly what I feel onto my canvas, and thereby communicating with my audience and creating feelings in them, gratifies and pushes me.

Second-Choice Career: I’d definitely be a sitar player.

Other Passions: My husband, music, photography, long walks, and shopping.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I get overly attached to my paintings, almost as if they were a part of me.

Best Advice Received: From the Bhagavad Gita: “Let not the fruits of action be your motive, nor let your attachment be to inaction.”

Biggest Fear: The pressures of working under deadlines.

Pet Peeve: People not valuing fine art as they do other mainstream fields.

Quirkiest Trait: Typing with one finger of each hand.

Mantra or Motto: It’s not done until it’s done.

Favorite Studio Music: Bollywood and Indian classical music.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Paintings by Rembrandt and John Singer Sargent. Even their small sketches teach us a lot.

Future Goals: To keep evolving.

Price Range: $200 to $6,000.

Representation: www.dhwaniparekh.com.

This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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