"As long as I can remember I am used to drawing or painting things that I am attracted to and have always been interested in realism in art.  As a self-taught artist, my trying to improve in all that matters to this field made me develop my skills and style with oils, acrylics and pencils over the years becoming a professional in life-like paintings. My paternal grandma, as was her mom and grandma too were artists and I believe this talent of mine is an inheritance.

 

Though I was born and bred in the city, for more than 20 years I have been living amongst the wilderness in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with my husband and son. My marriage with a tea planter was a huge turning point in my life. I left my hectic career in the business world and became a house wife and a full-time artist. The serenity and the scenic beauty of where I am,  makes the perfect environment for me to paint more.

 

Painting portraits and wood carving were my first passions in this field. I feel that it was mainly because of the places I’ve been when I was a child. My ancestral homes were all decked up with decorative architectural structures, beautifully carved furniture and sculptures with walls full of old paintings and portraits of my ancestors painted by the British painters and many more artistic accessories that drove me more towards my hobby.​

When it comes to landscapes, I love to paint exactly what exists, hoping my clients will take interest in something different from their viewing experience. Creating wildlife and birds on canvas too is something I really fond of that makes me spend hours and hours outdoors to study them in their natural habitat.

Since very little I dreamt of supporting people with great difficulties and the animals in their struggle to survive. Happy to say my art helped me in realizing my dream and grateful to my clients worldwide who joined me along the way."

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  • Invitations 2021 & 2022

             

             44th Annual Gala 2022 ,Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA. 

           

             8th Edition of Downtown Chiado International Contemporary Exhibition , Lisbon from 5th February 2022

             Clio Art Fair 2022 in Los Angeles & New York  

             2nd Art for Art International Virtual Art Exhibition 2021, Oyster Art Gallery Pakistan

             Invited to represent Sri Lanka at the Dubai Art Expo 2021

 

  • Exhibitions

           

            In the near future I will be participating at the Women of the World Exhibition, NYC organized by South Art Dealer

 

            Oct. 2021 participated at the NOAPS 2021 Associate online juried exhibition

 

            From 2003 to 2018 - 15 private solo shows for invite only

 

​           1993 Group Exhibition, Frankfurt Germany

  •   Awards

             

         

         

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022 - Honorable Mention Award @ 4th Landscape Art Show International 2022 (International Juried Art Competition)

2022 - Finalist Award @ Portrait Art Show International 2022 (International Juried Art Competition)

2021 - Honorable Mention Award @ 3rd Animal Art Show International 2021 (International Juried Art Competition)

2021 - Finalist Award @ 3rd Animal Art Show International 2021 (International Juried Art Competition)

 

1993 - Best Portrait - Group exhibition, Frankfurt, Germany 

   

1990 - Best Young Artist - Christian Youth Society Art Competition, Colombo - Sri Lanka

 

When schooling - 1st place - Art price