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As a practicing artist, I aspire to eventually combine and create a balance between Classicism, Modern, and Contemporary, including abstract, in my art. I'm interested in creating a parallel between art and life, as well as connecting past and present. I am a contemporary Indian artist and portrait painter. My paintings reflect the influences of 19th Century Realism. I am part of a new movement of artists across the world working in classical painting methods and practices, while staying true to a contemporary aesthetic. Using the alla prima (wet-into-wet) technique promoted by these movements, my work pays tribute to the brushwork finesse of such artists as John Singer Sargent, Pietro Annigoni, Anders Zorn, William Bouguereau and artists from the 16th century and later. I alternate that with the indirect method of painting portraits, building up layers of paint while stressing on the accuracy of drawing in representation of the subject as well as in the vibrancy of the colors. I am primarily a self taught artist; I trained in, and continue to practice classical methods of drawing, painting and sculpture following the realist tradition of the Old Masters. I gained my first formal training in fine art in Florence, Italy, the center of artistic training that descends from Renaissance ateliers. I apply these techniques to contemporary subjects in the mediums of oil, graphite, charcoal, and water color. My painting is divided into cycles artists call 'Series': currently primarily portraits and reworks of classical and old master paintings and drawings.