In 1992, I started designing and creating hand made greeting cards. My style was mainly based on painted Indian motifs combined with delicate paper cutting. I developed these concepts further by using the medium of watercolour paintings, often incorporating my unique style of paper cutting. This creates a three dimensional effect within my paintings. I utilise my architectural background to draw ideas for paintings, focusing on Indian as well as Western Architecture. I also make architectural ink drawings.
A visit to the site studying and photographing the buildings from all angles in great detail. I then draw a rough sketch to work out the scale and proportion of the building from these images. From this, I start on the final work. I try to get in as much detail as possible so as to bring out the character and architectural style of the building.
Degree in Architecture (B.Arch) from Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Bombay University, India 1978 Worked as an Architectural Assitant with a leading practice in architecture/interior design in Mumbai till 1982. Then moved to England and worked in a Cambridge based architectural practice.
Elected as a Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
St Cuthberts Mill Award at Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2016 The Schmincke Award at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours annual Exhibition 2015 Winsor and Newton Award for Best painting at The Society of Women Artists annual Exhibition 2004 Frank Herring Award at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours annual Exhibition 2002
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibition: 2001 to 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition: 2003 to 2012, 2014
Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition: 2008 to 2013, 2015
Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Competition: 2005 to 2007, 2016 Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition: 2004 to 2008, 2014
Images of St Paul's In the 21st Century - Exhibition at St Paul's Cathedral in 2010
Rona Group of Artists at Langham Gallery, London: 2010 to 2013, 2015
Watermedia International Thessaloniki Exhibition, Thessaloniki, Greece: 2014
Arts for India - Charity Auction in London: 2012 Art & Design Show, Mumbai, India - Organized by Ogaan Publications (Elle Decor Magazine) 2006
Quantum Contemporary Art, London - at various venues including Affordable Art Fair 2001
The Artist Magazine (UK) November 2009 Elle Decor Magazine (India) 2002
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Varsha Bhatia RI - 2011
Varsha Bhatia RI - 2015
Varsha Bhatia RI - 2004