Jayashree Krishnan

About me

I am a painter living in Seattle with my husband, two daughters and two dogs. My studio is in downtown Seattle in the vibrant artist community at Pioneer Square. I was born and raised in India and have been in the United States since the early 90’s. With a background in pure and applied Mathematics, I taught Mathematics at Seattle University and at a high school in India for many years.  In 2015, I made the instantaneous decision to paint full time.

Making art is like breathing to me. I have been sketching and painting since I was little. I used to sketch my friends and make caricatures of teachers at my school. I taught myself to paint with oils in my high school years. Since then, I have learned and worked with other mediums of art, making enough pieces to really understand each one.

The art

It has always been my dream to make art that is thought provoking; sparking inner reflection.

We, as humans, search for the wisdom that will shape us to be the best versions of ourselves. In my own efforts at self-improvement, a spiritual upbringing and study of Sanskrit literature guide me toward a path of introspection.

The analogy of a tree holds personal meaning to me. Each branch in a way, representing a different style of expression. While I paint landscapes both abstract and representational on a daily basis, the one big goal is to create a body of work more spiritual in nature. The language of visual art holds the amazing power of transcending several barriers in bringing timeless wisdom to light.

My contemporary large pieces Samsara– The Cosmic Tree, Garuda, and Thapas are all based on studies of some ancient literature, trying to decode the deeper meaning through visual representation.

While the work there is incredibly exciting and rewarding, I find myself using the time in between to play with lighter subject matter.Resin and pigments along with various additives have been an absolute delight as a medium for painting seascapes. My work from 2015 to present (over 75 resin pieces of several sizes) are largely based on water as the subject matter. The incredibly fluid and glassy nature of the medium makes it an excellent choice for aerial landscapes and seascapes.

Apart from these styles, I also enjoy painting outdoors. Taking my easel and paints to the streets of Seattle in Autumn, or a hike in the Cascades, I do enjoy painting outdoors when the weather permits.As a member of the Urban Sketchers group in Seattle, I paint everyday scenes on location in my journal daily. Doing this regularly has given me the skills needed to grab a quick sketch during my travels and trips.

If you like what you see and would like a commissioned piece(s) for your home or work space, do get in touch with me. Look for details about resin workshops at my studio if you would like to paint with resin.

 

 

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