My watercolors and sketches are inspired by my Indian heritage, excursions around the world and, especially, everyday life in my “weird” city of Austin, TX. My entire life has been filled with color and my paintings reflect it. As I look back, I find that watercolor has helped the former perfectionist in me loosen up, because I’ve learned to let the paint flow how it wishes and to enjoy the results. This mentality has spilled over into my non-painting life as well, and has improved my overall way of living. I wish to share that same joy and freedom with my audiences.
Supriya Kharod is an artist and author from Austin, TX. After a brief career as an art director in advertising, she realized it was exactly what she didn’t want to do. So, she taught herself how to paint in watercolor.
Reflections on Art, Life, and Italy is Supriya’s first book and features her paintings and sketches of Italy, along with reflections on her art process and on life. In addition to watercolor and drawing, she enjoys vegetable gardening, martial arts, playing tabla and guitar, spending time with family, and trying to perfect Neapolitan pizza at home.
Supriya is professionally affiliated with Waterloo Watercolor Group, Capitol Art Society (juried membership), and Urban Sketchers, Austin.
SHOWS (all juried or invitational)
• “Samosas & Spaghetti” – Watercolors of India and Italy by Supriya Kharod, Art 84 at Cannon Coffee (coming July 2022)
• Austin Public Library, Manchaca Branch
Group shows (all juried or invitationals):
• The People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall
• Art for the People Gallery – “Art Spree”
• Lost Pines Art Center, Bastrop
• Downtowner Gallery, Round Rock
• The Hive at Hill Country Galleria, Bee Caves
• North Hills Gallery
• Corridor of Art Gallery
• Riverbend Inspiration Gallery
• Healing Arts Gallery at St. David’s Hospital
• 620 Gallery
• Asian American Resource Center – “Let the Colors Speak: Our Journey from India to Austin”
• Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
• Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas
• Dell Jewish Community Center – “Bollywood Meets the Borscht Belt”
• Texas State University, Round Rock – “Abstraction”
• Georgetown Public Library
• Williamson County Jester Annex
Tent shows & events (all juried or invitationals):
• Sunset Valley ArtFest (recurring)
• WEST Austin Studio Tour (recurring)
• Dougherty Arts Center – “Spring Fling”
• The Long Center – AAAFF’s “Crazy Rich Asians VIP Soirée & Night Market”
• AFSSA Silk Road Gala (recurring)
• GAACC Ovation Gala
• Laura’s Library Artisan Market
• Armadillo Art Bazaar (through Prima Dora)
• Native Hostel Austin
• Austin Flea
• Rehani residence (private show)
Local stores selling Supriya’s Austin prints:
• Prima Dora
• Prima Dora Georgetown
HEADSHOTS + PHOTOS
I believe in using any skills and talent I have to help my community. To that extent, I support local organizations by donating paintings and prints to select fundraisers. If you are an organization interested in soliciting a donation, please contact us.
• Silk Road Gala – Asian Family Support Services of Austin (AFSSA)
• Paramount Theater Gala
• Ovation Gala – Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC)
• Friends of the Westbank Library
• Sunset Valley Elementary School
• Agni Foundation’s “Un-Gala”
• Any Baby Can
• Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)
• Texas Law Fellowships (TLF)
“I’M NOT AN ART COLLECTOR”
That’s all right. You don’t have to be a millionaire or own only Picassos and Matisses like the big art collectors do. You see a painting and it captivates you. You see an interesting story in it. The colors mesmerize you. You can’t peel your eyes away from it. You are drawn to buy it and hang it where you can see it everyday. These reactions mean you have the heart of a collector. Anyone can love and appreciate art. You can own one painting or many, by one artist or many. Whatever makes your heart sing.
People like you encourage artists to create new art and to experiment with their style. And due to your appreciation and patronage, artists can grow and further beautify the world.
ORIGINALS OR PRINTS?
Original art is an excellent, one-of-a-kind investment. The nuances of the actual paint and water on watercolor paper just cannot be replicated with even the best giclée prints. If you are on a budget, prints are an excellent way to fill your walls with artwork. The giclée printing process uses specialized inks and nozzles in a controlled environment to create archival-quality reproductions. But an original painting by an artist can increase in value as the artist develops his/her craft, skill, and reputation. If there is demand for prints of a particular painting, it actually increases the value of the original. So, whenever you are able to afford it, buying an original is always a good investment.
WATERCOLORS vs. OILS or ACRYLICS
Watercolors are often given third place behind oils and acrylics because it is a common notion that they are “easy,” “kid’s paints,” and/or “for botanical and nature illustrations only.” None of that is true. They may be “easy” in the sense that they don’t require a lot of specialized materials. All you really need is paper, brush, water, and pigment to work all sorts of magic. Yet, many professional artists agree that watercolor is the hardest medium of the three. Why is that?
The first reason is, unlike oils & acrylics, you cannot cover your mistakes because watercolors are transparent and not opaque. This means that through painting multiple layers (think colorful layers of cellophane), colors become vibrant and defined. Once a color is put on paper, it affects the mood of the entire, finished painting. So, each stroke and color must be carefully thought out before putting brush to paper.
The second reason is watercolors are very unpredictable. A painting is a carefully-synchronized dance between the amount of water, the amount of pigment, the type of paper, environmental humidity, and the artist’s vision. The biggest ‘x’ factor is water, which makes the medium very unpredictable and difficult to control. So, all watercolor artists have to be willing to “go with the flow,” literally, and discover how to harmonize the will of the wet paint with the will of the artist. So, although oils and acrylics are challenging in their own ways, watercolor is an extremely difficult medium to master technically.