Vishwanath Appachu

Artist Interviews

Interviewed By Aaryani Sahay, May 2020

"I became passionate about art at a young age. When I started painting, it was just a hobby for me, I did not think of it as a possible profession. My father and most of my family were in the army – there was less of an opportunity for me to pursue art. However, my mother loved knitting and she largely encouraged my passion for art. I adored nature and painting it, so she would buy me colours.

I was not able to go to an art school as my family could never stay in one place, due to my father’s position in the army. After college, eventually, I began working at a call centre. I did not get enough time to paint and hence became unhappy. That’s when I realized that I needed to leave my job and pursue my passion for art. Looking back, I feel that being an artist takes hard work, perseverance, and optimism. Initially, when I started my journey as an artist, I was very goal orientated. I placed a lot of pressure on myself to achieve what I expected from myself as an artist. It started to negatively affect my mental health; if something did not happen how or when I wanted it to then it evoked stress within me. Now I believe in going with the flow of things. I don’t think about my expectations but simply enjoy being an artist and making art. This has brought a lot of positivity into my life.

I prefer painting nature because I am in awe of how beautiful and aesthetic it is – My art highlights that beauty. I want my art to have a relaxing impact on people, to help them forget about the stress of everyday life and revel in the beauty of nature. I enjoy how people from all ages across different socio-economic backgrounds connect with my art and nature in it. Kids love the vibrance in the paintings. One experience that stuck with me was a small 1-year-old child excitedly pointing to my painting and shouting “Mama look at that fish! I want that fish!” That’s the type of childish excitement I wish to elicit within people, excitement for the most basic and captivating element in our world – nature.

Art is my way of expressing myself. It is not about people liking my art but me liking and connecting with my art. I believe that if I like what I paint and pour passion into it then people will appreciate it. To me being an artist, of any kind, is amazing. If you’re an artist you think differently and creatively -from artistic eyes. For example, when I look at clouds, sunsets, or even a bee on a flower, my mind can be in the moment and appreciate the beauty. Many people are too preoccupied to be able to do that. I am able to approach everything in my life from an artistic point of view.

Currently, the Covid-19 crisis is a very trying time for us, and in the face of this hardship, we should be positive, stay at home, and take this time to enjoy our hobbies. Now it is time for people to enjoy and experiment with all kinds of arts- photography, painting, dancing, cooking. I myself am trying out cooking south Indian food!“

"I became passionate about art at a young age. When I started painting, it was just a hobby for me, I did not think of it as a possible profession. My father and most of my family were in the army – there was less of an opportunity for me to pursue art. However, my mother loved knitting and she largely encouraged my passion for art. I adored nature and painting it, so she would buy me colours.

I was not able to go to an art school as my family could never stay in one place, due to my father’s position in the army. After college, eventually, I began working at a call centre. I did not get enough time to paint and hence became unhappy. That’s when I realized that I needed to leave my job and pursue my passion for art. Looking back, I feel that being an artist takes hard work, perseverance, and optimism. Initially, when I started my journey as an artist, I was very goal orientated. I placed a lot of pressure on myself to achieve what I expected from myself as an artist. It started to negatively affect my mental health; if something did not happen how or when I wanted it to then it evoked stress within me. Now I believe in going with the flow of things. I don’t think about my expectations but simply enjoy being an artist and making art. This has brought a lot of positivity into my life.

I prefer painting nature because I am in awe of how beautiful and aesthetic it is – My art highlights that beauty. I want my art to have a relaxing impact on people, to help them forget about the stress of everyday life and revel in the beauty of nature. I enjoy how people from all ages across different socio-economic backgrounds connect with my art and nature in it. Kids love the vibrance in the paintings. One experience that stuck with me was a small 1-year-old child excitedly pointing to my painting and shouting “Mama look at that fish! I want that fish!” That’s the type of childish excitement I wish to elicit within people, excitement for the most basic and captivating element in our world – nature.

Art is my way of expressing myself. It is not about people liking my art but me liking and connecting with my art. I believe that if I like what I paint and pour passion into it then people will appreciate it. To me being an artist, of any kind, is amazing. If you’re an artist you think differently and creatively -from artistic eyes. For example, when I look at clouds, sunsets, or even a bee on a flower, my mind can be in the moment and appreciate the beauty. Many people are too preoccupied to be able to do that. I am able to approach everything in my life from an artistic point of view.

Currently, the Covid-19 crisis is a very trying time for us, and in the face of this hardship, we should be positive, stay at home, and take this time to enjoy our hobbies. Now it is time for people to enjoy and experiment with all kinds of arts- photography, painting, dancing, cooking. I myself am trying out cooking south Indian food!“

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