Vandana Rathor - Art Provides Me a Sense of Freedom, Freedom to Express Myself, Freedom to Explore the Depths of My Mind (Artist From India)

Since childhood, I was always widely praised by all my teachers, family, and friends for my artworks and my creativity. That always motivated me to do more and better

Tell us more about your background and journey.                             

I have been a creative head for the time I can remember. Art provides me a sense of freedom, freedom to express myself, freedom to explore the depths of my mind. Initially, it was just a hobby for me. But I didn’t even realize that when this hobby turned into my passion. I always opted for careers around creative fields like interior designing. But nothing full-filled me until I decided to be a full-time artist back in 2019. The initial days of my art career were definitely a little tough but what career is not like that in the starting. Eventually, everything worked out for the best.

When did you decide you wanted to be an artist?                                          

Since childhood, I was always widely praised by all my teachers, family, and friends for my artworks and my creativity. That always motivated me to do more and better. In the deciding years of my life, I opted for a career in the creative field and that was interior designing. I practiced that for about 2 years. But that didn’t full-filled me. For me, I have to do something that makes me feel happy inside out. That was the time I decided to switch from interior designing to being a full-time artist.

Is it a financially stable career?               

For starters, I don’t think it is the most stable and secure career option especially for someone who is just starting out to be a full-time artist. It takes a while to roll with it. But thanks to social media, has made recognition possible for small artists like myself. I strongly feel that in India, even after being so rich in culture, art is not valued as much as it should have been. Most people don’t understand the hard work that goes behind a painting. That is a bit disappointing. But apart from that, once your work gets recognized then it can be as good as any other career can be.

Who is your favorite painter/artist and why?                                                               

To be honest, being an artist myself it's very hard to choose just one artist. Unlike any other field, I feel there are numerous genres and techniques in art. Everyone is so unique in their own way. In India, I currently resonate a lot with Tanisha Bakshi’s artwork. I was lucky enough to meet her in person and she is such a beautiful person inside out. Her compassion comes through her artwork and that is what made me fall in love with her work. 

What is your inspiration for creating art?

The rawness of human life, emotions, and relations that are beyond any designated relationship are what I feel is my biggest inspiration. One of the main reasons I resonate with miss Bakshi is because she portrays the undying, unconditional love between mother and child. That inspired me a lot and helped me exactly to identify what I really wanna convey through my artwork.

What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring artists?               

First of all, I really wanna mention how happy It makes me see so many youngsters considering and per-sue art in some way or other. I see so many kids who are passionate and well aware of various dimensions of art. My advice for all these people is to be consistent with their work and practice as much as possible. Do not shy away from experimenting. Art is all about exploring and experimenting. It helps to find your own unique style. 

Which is your favorite book and why?       

So earlier I was much of a fiction novel kinda reader but lately, I’m enjoying nonfictional books a lot. Recently I finished reading “Think Like A Monk” by Jay Shetty and I must say it is a phenomenal piece of work. He has introduced ancient wisdom so beautifully alongside his own personal life experiences. I highly recommend this book to all.


Interviewed by- Yashika Khanna

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