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"Inspire and Empower" - Featured Artist - Riddhi Malhotra

There is something oddly calming about watching the waves crash on the beach, with our toes dug into the sand and the vast blue sky lingering above us. Nature’s elements; earth, air, fire, water give us an unexplainable yet an astounding feeling. They bring harmony to the body and soul and provide a union of the two that leaves us at peace and tranquility.

Any water body is that of amazement, curiosity and an inexplicable feeling of oneness. Something as infinite as the ocean leaves us in a humbling state of awe. To know that something so massive that can take over you in any second and yet can remain as calm as a ballerina on her tip toes, makes us appreciate the world’s beauty in a completely unique way. Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone. And who may be better equipped at capturing these memories through their brush strokes than the artists of our world.

Riddhi Malhotra is an Indian artist based in India itself who specializes in acrylic and watercolor painting of seascapes. Her Instagram page is filled with outstanding paintings of the ocean and different water bodies. She has truly proven how a similar muse can be painted and sketched in multiple different ways, each time coming out bolder, stronger and evoking a powerful feeling inside of us. Currently she makes art for modern new houses and provides a scenic touch to its empty walls, thereby turning it into a warm welcoming home.

Every artist has a purpose and meaning behind their art. The ocean evokes a feeling of relaxation and joy in us. With its soothing sounds and its graceful yet bold embrace, the ocean is not only home to an entire species of fauna but is also a welcoming body to humans. Her art aims to provide a sense of freedom and joy. It is based around the feeling you get when you're on a holiday and your mind is completely rid of any stress or worries.

It may come as a surprise but she is a self-taught artist. The professionalism stands out in her work and this really emphasizes on the fact that with sincere dedication and a drive for passion through hard work, one can build and enhance their skills on their own. She has been drawing and painting all her life, and has been selling her art for the last five years. Communication is a vital aspect in any field and she takes this to her heart. She loves connecting with her audience over social media, and feels like a direct connection with the audience gives her instant feedback about her work.

Appreciation, self-content and glory are a huge part of this field. She prides into the fact that she is a self-taught artist, and every day she is constantly learning and growing in her art. She also takes immense pride into the reality that she manages a full time job along with being an artist on the side, seamlessly.

During this global pandemic when morale and motivation can be at an all-time low, she has made sure to start a daily painting challenge by doing one small painting every day for sixty days in a row. This has kept her intrigued and frequently involved in her passion cum work. All of the artworks that have been created during this period are showcased on her Instagram page and her shop.

Rules and regulations are often rigid barriers that disable a person from exploring and learning more about themselves and their abilities. They are a social construct created by society to keep people within certain boxes, many a times these can be very restrictive and harmful. Her main message to all the artists out there is to always keep trying new things and never worry about the rules. Experiment and learning are her go to mottoes.

Art not only expands and creates your own view on the world but it also equips you with ability to sympathize and accept all sorts of people from different backgrounds. According to her, it broadens our horizons to view the world from different perspectives. It helps us to accept the differences in people and places and leads to overall growth of the mind.

Her greatest inspiration is her mother, as throughout her life she has worn many hats, and all so well! She has been a math teacher, top notch singer, artist, crafter, baker, organizer, manager, and a wonderful mother. She enveloped the aura of being a strong, independent and nurturing mother. Apart from her mother, the other smart and talented woman who she idolizes is artist Katie Jobling.

As M.L Borges once said, “The beauty and mystery of the ocean, fills our lives with wonders, vast beyond our imagination.” Riddhi has definitely grasped these imaginations and thrown it all onto canvases filled with a life that seems so mysterious yet enchanting to us.

We at ARTOZE encourage and highly appreciate such actions where artists come forward to stand along with the other fellow community members to share their experiences, views and knowledge through "Inspire and Empower", a series By the Artists, For the Artists in association with ARTOZE Gallery and Exhibitions.

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