Rupa Sharma is a professional artist, a Brain Stroke survivor, and a Businesswoman running Talent Acquisition Company and Home Styling Advisory firm.
My journey as an artist began just after I recovered from my Brain stroke 3 years ago. Once I arrived back home from the hospital, I decided to do something to come out of my depression. I started with Meditation, Gratitude practice and Yoga etc.
I felt I had to do something more to come out completely of mental illness. So I started to look for a cure for my depression and mental trauma and I found an escape in art. It helped me cope and was very therapeutic. It improved my mental health and gave me joy, something I had not felt for a while.
Today, art has become my profession and my passion. Every single artwork I produce is my passion project. I do commission art and I also collab with interior designers, home stylists, and architects.
Through trial and error, I found my signature style which is micro-fine art! I also work on abstract and Mandala Artworkwhich gives me immense mental satisfaction.
Creating art is my way of revealing the hidden beauty that exists around and in us. Each artwork holds a unique vibration of calm, healing energy that radiates out and connects with the viewer. It even tells its own unique story! Something the viewer can decide! For me, art is an intuitive process that relies heavily on my knowledge of design and visual balance. I also use it to calm my mind and train it for patience.
Each painting takes its own time to make from 2 to over 100+ hours. Each Artwork has my passion and love embedded into it. It takes a lot of patience and concentration. Judgment plays a big role in deciding how the masterpiece turns out. Creating meaningful and impactful artworks gives me immense amounts of joy.
Art! Art is an expression of an idea, emotion, inspiration, and even a form of therapy for me and many others. I often choose my themes based on their ability to appeal to me and my family. I use different methods of drawing and painting to create a strong sense of visual communication using shapes, lines, colors, tones, and textures.
Hey Rupa! You’ve started your art journey after you’ve had some serious health issues. Tell me more about the healing process after you started doing art.
Rupa: I would like to title my story as:
“UNSPOKEN ARTIST SURVIVOR”
In 2018, life took an unexpected turn. Surviving through severe headaches from 2016 changed my life forever. Suddenly I was collapsed at midnight with an unbearable headache which ended with me in the hospital. My family faced the news of the diagnosis of Brain Stroke and mild Brain Hemorrhage. Being in an unconscious state for the initial three days, now “It was my turn to hear the news. What am I going to learn from this?”
It started with complicated treatments that weakened me. After coming to a conscious state, I realized that the connection between my brain and speech was extremely disturbed and I couldn’t say what I was thinking. For example, I knew my husband’s name and I was thinking about it, yet I was unable to say it. What did I learn and gain from it? I gained a strong will to love my Son (who was just 10 years old at the time) tenfold.
Once I arrived back home, I decided to do something to battle my increasing depression. I started with Meditation, Gratitude practice, and even Yoga. Started my actual healing when I stumbled onto creating artwork just coincidently. I found immense mental satisfaction when I started creating small artwork. I will title it emotional balance.
It helped me cope and gave me an escape from my current grim reality. It was a sense of therapy. It improved my mental health and gave me joy; something I had not felt for a while.
Get a chance to put down things how you think they should be and share it with the whole world! My journey was indeed dangerous and perils one, but it has had a forever impression on me and my family. It molded and helped me to achieve my dream: becoming a strong and successful, individual.
Also, tell me more about your signature style which is micro fine art! What was the moment of realization that this could be your style
Rupa: Yeah, My signature style is microfine art, it resonates with my heart deeply. I feel like energy flowing in my body when I go in deep working with microfine art.
I am inspired by Energy of drawing fine artwork, it’s the process by itself – creating something new and different using Paper, Ink, fine liners, canvas, pigments, and my imagination. The idea of communicating ideas and feelings and energy to other people through the finished work, and seeing the paintings resonate with you, the viewer. This is one of the very best parts! And so I realized that this can be my one of the best style of work. It has magnetic energy to pull you towards it.
What are some of the tools you use to create your distinct style of artwork?
Rupa: There is no special tools I used to make artwork, I believe Given the time and resources, anyone can learn to draw, or paint, or write. But making art is more than just studying anatomy, learning to mix paint, and mastering grammar. There’s a special mental side to making art that deals with voice, style, originality, and authenticity But the good news is that, in my opinion, you can learn how to master all those things too.
How do you keep your ideas fresh?
Rupa: What can be the best other than nature and things around you. My eyes are always looking at the nature and things around you and start visualize the best to draw or paint on paper.
- Be Prolific (Create a LOT of Art) …
- Being Intentional With What You Create Art Of. …
- Create an Art Series or Collection. …
- Create Artwork of Something You Love.
What is a day of working like in your studio? Do you have any rituals that help you get motivated or in “the zone”?
Rupa: As a creator, you probably know how satisfying it is to get a rush of unexpected inspiration, fueling a productive streak. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen every day. If you waited around for the right mood to strike each time you wanted to produce a new project, you might be waiting for a very long time!
Learning how to stay motivated as an artist is a valuable skill for any creative professional. From increased productivity and earnings to improved work quality, learning how to become motivated will pay off throughout your career.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Rupa: I received tons of appreciations and motivating reviews, comments on my different artworks. But the funniest and most memorable comments I still get is “These are not handmade, you must have downloaded from Google, especially for my microfine artwork” I feel so proud of myself that I can create beautiful artwork. Reminiscences make certain paintings more memorable because memory is the medium of good art.
What is your daily routine when working? And can you tell us about the process of making your work?
Rupa: Creating new artwork daily has become kind of ritual for me. Don’t keep myself in perfect routine but would love to create something new everyday.
I buy into that. Through the process of painting every day, I challenge myself to create my very best work. And to keep learning and experimenting.
Creating art is my way of revealing the hidden beauty that exists around us. Even inside us! Each and every artwork holds a unique vibration of calm, healing energy that connects with the viewer.
It even tells its own unique story! Something the viewer can decide!
For me, art is an intuitive process that relies heavily on my knowledge of design and visual balance. I also use it to calm my mind and train it for patience.
Each painting takes its own time to make (from 2 to over 100+ hours). It takes a lot of patience and concentration. Judgement plays a big role in deciding how the masterpieces turn out. Creating meaningful and impactful artwork gives me tremendous amounts of joy.
Art is an expression of an idea, emotion, inspiration and even a form of therapy (for me and many others). I often choose my themes based on its ability to appeal to me and my family. I use different methods of drawing and painting to create a strong sense of visual communication using shapes, lines, colors, tones, and textures.
What are you currently working on?
Rupa: After doing some colorful art practices, I have moved myself again to Inkpen and fine line artwork.
There is nothing wrong with making any kind of art for the sake of making it. It’s a safe haven where we learn and sharpen our skills. As a people we are not perfect, we all mess up from time to time. It is just use it as an outlet of expression.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Rupa: I am very much reachable through my social media accounts
What’s next on the horizon for you? Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Rupa: Since life is about continuous growth, I have focused on to use this time to think about how you will harness your courage and determination to kick it up next level in career and unblurr the boundaries of my artpassion. Collaborating with Architects and Interior firms for new Homestyling ideas and concepts.
Art does not have to have a purpose – it does not exist in order to teach, to urge a moral point, to entertain, to distract, to amuse, to serve beauty, to support a revolution, to disgust, to challenge, to stimulate or to cheer; it exists chiefly for its own sake.
Art gives meaning to our lives and helps us understand our world. It is an essential part of our culture because it allows us to have a deeper understanding of our emotions; it increases our self-awareness, and also allows us to be open to new ideas and experiences.