KOCHI: We all know that building a career in the artistic field is not easy, especially when you discover your passion at a later age. But, a self-taught artist always has the liberty to choose their own style and experiment with their artistic knowledge. A pharmacist by profession, 23-year-old Megha Raj realised her passion for painting three years ago. “I never painted as a child. I doodled on the walls of my hostel room while I was studying B Pharm at the Cherran College of Pharmacy,” says Megha.
Having realised her passion for painting, she started the career of an artist two years ago through ‘Artoholic’, her Instagram page. The lack of artist training did not deter her from achieving her dreams. Creating colourful paintings that are cheerful and innovative makes Megha work’s different from other artists. She shares, “I’m inspired by anything and everything in life.”
For Olam Flea market, she had displayed more than 54 of her paintings completed over the two years. Majority of the paintings displayed at the Flea market were acrylic-based. The artist says, “I learnt many techniques through YouTube videos, mural being an example. Kathakali-themed paintings are among my favourites.”
Colours have always attracted this artist and her works comprise shades of blue, green and yellow. “After my night duty, I create art. I take five to six hours to complete my artworks and usually I try finishing it the same day,” says Megha.
Her first exhibition was at Olam, which garnered positive feedback and sold 15 of her paintings. Presently, she is working as pharmacist at P K Das Institute of Medical Sciences, Coimbatore. Although she has never experimented with other mediums, she says, “I would like to do pencil and charcoal paintings for my next exhibition.”