Sunday, September 7, 2014

Usha Shukla Art

Title: Preternatural
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 11x14

My name is Usha Shukla. I am an artist and live in the San Francisco Bay area with my husband and two boys. Originally born and brought up in the Northern part of India, I moved to the United States 18 years ago. My early education included a graduate degree in Literature and a Diploma in Fashion design.  Though always inspired by art from my early childhood, my formal art education started a few years ago at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA where I started taking art classes. Currently, I am enrolled at The Academy of Art University In San Francisco pursuing my Master’s degree in Fine Art with a concentration on painting.

I primarily work in oils but also like to experiment with non-conventional mediums and techniques. My abstract paintings are analogous to my nature hikes and are full of colors and textures found in nature.  I always start with a goal in my mind but the best part is that I never know what I will find on the way. I may stumble upon a pleasant surprise of a beautiful bloom or be frustrated by an unpleasant cloud burst or bad weather. I keep working at it and at the end, the emotional roller coaster and the turmoil is all worth it when I see the final painting.