My name is Shilpa Menghani Ruchandani and I am also known as "Artyshils" on the web world. I am a visual artist, freelancer, youtuber and a blogger. I have a hard earned piece of paper i.e my graduation degree in Bachelors in Fine Arts (drawing and painting) from Nagpur University , India, confirming my artist grade. Though more meaningful to me are my actual works of art, my ability to capture emotions and the powerful language of my colors. I am here not only to share my art with you, but also to share my ideas, art tips, techniques and everything I have learnt till today in my journey being an Artist. I want you to feel the power of ART with me and wish to get you all inspired and motivated and start creating, if you havent already. Other then working on many of my ongoing artworks and art projects, I am also working on designing ARTYSHILS ON-LINE WORKSHOPS where I will be coaching my style of paintings and mixed media portraits.
My Artist's statement
My style of work is primarily figurative and abstract. I work with acrylic paints and mixed media on canvas and my color scheme is by and large pure, bright and bold. My figurative paintings most often start with a basic portrait or a figure drawing , on which I experiment with various colors and textures to capture its air and emotions in my own unique fashion. My abstracts are a sequence of reactions i.e the way my brain reacts to a particular wash or a mark on canvas to get the next layer and then the next until I reach the ultimate piece of art work.The conclusive work most often turns out to be an image stored in my subconscious mind waiting to be released on the canvas and becomes the subject of my abstracts. I absolutely adore pure and bright colors and love to challenge god's natural chroma and patterns with my own.
My goal as an artist is to be self sustaining, selling my work and teaching art. I day dream that every home in the world has an Artyshils Art work. :) . I also really really wish to spread the concept of using art as a healer for mind , body and soul, specially in the developing countries where the awareness about the healing properties of art is either low or not taken seriously. I also aspire to work with various NGOs dealing with handicapped or orphan children, ladies and aged people and mental health patients and provide free art workshops and services for them.
I was born in Nagpur, India to L.I.C Officer Mr. Jaikishan Menghani and Railways employee Mrs. Vandana Menghani on May 15th,'1984. I have been dabbling with art ever since I can remember of holding a pencil. I won my 1st award in painting when I was 4 years old in class K.G 1 . Unable to sustain my happiness, I ran towards my mom and dad and jumped in their lap to show off my achievement. I had won a beautiful toy car as my honor. Since then my mom spotted the spark in me and made sure that I attended all possible art workshops nearby, during my vacations. My mom had a full time job, so in her absence I would spill the walls of my home with my oil pastel drawings. I grew up attending discrete art workshops and participating in various art contests and dabbling with everything creative during my free time, with my studies going on simultaneously. I started teaching my own art workshops during my high-school years at the age of 15. Since then I have spent almost all my summer vacations directing my workshops for children and ladies until I graduated in from my fine arts college, Govt. Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya,Nagur in 2007 and my one year of masters degree in drawing and painting in 2008.
My mom and dad have always encouraged me tremendously with my art and its my dad's dream to see me as a famous artist and make him proud. TOUCHWOOD. His dream has immersed in my soul and has become my dream too now. My dad has always bragged about me and my artistry and bought me whatever I needed for my art no matter how expensive it was and done everything he could. He has always stood by me, trusted me and believed in me and my potentials more then myself. Now I really wish to work hard and stand up to his confidence and credence. I got married on 22nd of February ,'2009 to a handsome man Mr. Lalit Ruchandani. Yeah, it was love at first sight for both of us. :) . Our parents arranged our encounter and within just fifteen minutes of talking to him, I knew that this was the man I wanted to get married to. Lalit is a software professional and is the man behind my smile. I am blessed to have him as he is the most understanding, caring, loving and an adorable husband. I am more of an extrovert, loud and a brat between both of us, whereas he is very soft spoken, calm and basically a GENTLEMAN. Lalit has been equally supportive and encouraging with my art, as much as my dad. He loves to see me cosset my art and completely backs up my inner need to indulge with the craft. He is very proud of me and my work and an inspiring and motivating force behind my attempts.
Major participations and exibitions
Some of my major participations and exibitions have been :-
2006 Group show - Bunch of Sunflowers, Rabindranath Tagore Art gallery, Nagpur, India
2007 Varnik , sixth national level art competition, Won a SILVER MEDAL , India
July 2010, Stockton Heath art exibition, Warrington , United Kingdom
Participation at warrington Art council's exibition , Studio art Gallery, Warrington , United kingdom - 16th July 2010 - 14th august 2010,