If you haven’t been to any of these places – Mumbai, Shimla, Gulmarg, Venice or San Francisco – all you have to do is visit Beyond Coffee and check the paintings made by Bhavya Sharma, an armature painter. “I get ideas from photos I clicked when I visited those places,” says Bhavya, who started painting in 2011.
Being a newcommer in the field, she followed her heart and started painting what she likes the most – nature. “I have been participating in competitions since my childhood and my paintings would always show nature, and everything related to it. That is when I decided to start painting nature and landscapes for exhibition,” she says.
Born and brought up in Delhi, Bhavya moved to Hyderabad last year. Her works mostly have water reflections in them, something that loves. Her paintings range from `2,000 to `21,000 and six out the 20 paintings, that she brought to the venue, have already been booked.
The artist feels that Hyderabadis have inclination towards abstract paintings. And this trend is clearly evident as most spaces, formal or informal, have it bearing. “I think the reason why abstract painting is more popular is because it doesn’t have a particular structure, but leaves the spectator to imagine it for himself. That is what people in this city like the most,” she feels.
Bhavya, who has used oil paintings in all her works, says that many of her buyers are people who have started new company or want to buy paintings for their house or for gifting.
Sharing the secret behind her detailed paintings, she says, “A lot of it matters on the mood that I am when I paint. Only when I am happy, my paintings come out well.”
The 27-year-old, who likes to play soft and soothing music while painting, advices other newbies like her to just pick up the brush without bothering about the outcome. With no professional training, it is just her zeal to painting and her ability to learn with every painting is what has helped her evolve as an artist. “But in near future I will be enrolling for a professional course where I can learn the techniques of making my work more lively,” Bhavya, who has also done masters in physiotherapy from Dr MV Shetty College, Mangalore, adds.
Bhavya is also gathering feedback from visitors at the venue which she will use to find out where she is lagging behind and thus, refine her skills. Right now she says the visitors have appreciated the usage of colours and detailed painting.
Bhavya is looking forward to start her own website where she will be selling her works. At the same time, she is also searching for a job as physiotherapist.
While signing off she gives credit to her family for appreciating her work and encouraging her. Her work will be on display till March 20.