Manju Sah

Posted on March 5th, by admin in Participating Artists. No Comments

Intertwined.jpeg (Manju image#1)

I have been painting professionally for about thirty years now.  I paint with oils, acrylics, and watercolours. I have a wonderful garden that has been, and continues to be a source of inspiration for a number of my paintings.  Though initially self-taught, I have taken some formal courses through the Ottawa School of Art, the St. Lawrence College, Halliburton School of the Arts, the Ottawa Carleton School Board, and the Dempsey and Heron Community Centres, to refine my techniques.

Before the pandemic I was in love with a realistic style of painting  and my work reflected that. Somehow, the pandemic put a different lens on what I saw around me – everything was still there, but in a way appeared more ethereal, and sometimes even fragile. Colour, light and form were still the pillars of my work, but I wanted to paint  more of what I felt, rather than what I saw, and found a process (flow acrylics) that helped me express that. “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for”. Georgia O Keeffe

We are at a different time now, and I find my process is still evolving. I have been trying to find bridges – between how I painted before the pandemic, and what I discovered about painting during the lockdowns and isolation. It’s a work in progress, and I am looking forward to where it takes me: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled…”. R.Frost

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