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Nishita Jain

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"I hold a crisp sheet of white paper under the tap to wet it thoroughly, after which, I take it over to my easel, pick up a big brush, loaded with a creamy color, and lightly drag my brush across it. I watch in delight as the color mingles with the water, creating myriad gradients and textures, even as gravity does its thing and sets the primary direction of the flow. Sometimes, I pick up the sheet and turn it one way or the other to introduce some control in the process. Still, more often than not, I let the color and the water do their own thing, especially initially, when spontaneity and a light touch set the tone for the painting’s development. Watercolor artists across the globe have been painting like this since time immemorial – yet the medium itself stays eternally fresh and mysterious.

I see myself as a link in a long, unbroken chain that stretches back into the past as well as into the unheralded future. Painting in watercolor keeps me challenged and motivated. I strive to simplify the visually complex scene in front of me, relying on composition, textures, and tonal values to convey the story."

Nishita is a signature member with the Baltimore Watercolor Society and Philadephia Water Color Society, She lives in Maryland, USA. Her paintings have been exhibited in several prestigious regional and national juried exhibitions, organized by leading watercolor societies in the country, including the American Watercolor Society (AWS), the National Watercolor Society (NWS), and the Society of Watercolor Society (SWS). Her painting was selected for the top award in NWS' 2022 Member Exhibition.  

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