June Artist of the Month – Ranjini Venkatachari
Ranjini Venkatachari was born and raised in southern India where she completed her Bachelors degree in mathematics. Before taking up colored pencils she has extensively worked in graphite and ethnic Indian painting techniques.
Her works have been juried in many National and International shows across the US, like the Salmagundi Annual non-
member exhibition, Leading masters of Contemporary Realism (International guild of Realism), Women Painters of Washington and Colored Pencil Society of America’s International show. Ranjini’s works have also been published in the American Artist, the International Artist and the Southwest arts magazine.
â€œInspired by the finer nuances of simple everyday subjects, I embody my work with a variety of moods by using expressive color and dramatic lighting. Although I prefer to work in a realistic style, I like my art to be a passionate interpretation, rather than a replication of what I see.
I chose colored pencils because of their versatility. The medium satisfies my craving for simple drawings as well as fully saturated paintings with lots of detail. Most of my works are created on textured surfaces. I like how these surfaces handle Color pencil by allowing a lot of layering.
A recent addition to my works has been the use of Neocolor II (water soluble wax crayon) with colored Pencils. My technique of blending Neocolor II with Colored pencils speeds up the process and also imparts rich finish to my paintings. The works are then varnished, UV sprayed and framed without a glass similar to an oil/acrylic painting. â€