Art is what feeds the soul and enriches our life. Rucha's interest in art was noticed in school, when she looked forward to the art period more than maths. But in a real sense, Rucha Dandekar's journey in the field of art started with her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Sir JJ School of Art and later she enhanced her learning with Masters in Applied Arts from North Maharashtra University
She enjoys teaching and developing students' foundation at L.S.Raheja School of Art where she has been working as a Art Teacher for the past 15 years. After working in the field of animation for few years, she was interested in designing characters, which now reflects in her paintings.
During the lockdown period she ventured out to create her own style with water colour. Her travel to different parts of India such as Rajasthan, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh influenced her work. The subjects of her work reflect the rich India culture that inspired her.
Unveiling our rendezvous with Richa Dandekar
A. How many years you have been in the field of art and why?
I had been interested in art ever since childhood. I used to spend hours painting. That's when I decided to turn this into my profession. I graduated from Sir J.J school of arts with a BFA degree in 1996 and initially worked in advertising and animation for some time but found teaching to be more fulfilling, hence have been working as an Art teacher at L.S. Raheja school of arts as an art teacher for the past 15years.
B. What media you have been using so far?
Painting subjects are inspired from India's rich culture and heritage. Paintings are watercolour based and in decorative form. Water colour has it's beauty in the way it spreads and flows.
C. What media you are planning to explore in the future?
Currently I'm working with watercolors as everytime I work with it, it's unpredictable and can't properly determine it's flow and behavior, thus I learn something new everytime. While I'm not done with watercolors yet I would definitely like to try using acrylic and oil paints
D. What kind of uniqueness you spotlight using your art?
The subjects of the paintings are in keeping with Indian culture and art. Although the subject is not new, the method of presentation is definitely different. The face is larger than the body to make the facial details or facial expressions attractive, and because the color scheme is transparent, you can see different layers of color. The desire to look inside the picture and keep your eyes fixed on it, so that the picture strikes the mind, two or three colors are used in the color scheme which makes the impression of the picture on the mind
The E Today is thankful to Rucha Dandekar for her valuable time and even to Mr. Hiral Shah, The Chief Editor; who is currently promoting artist from every corner of India and, looking at creating a much needed platform to showcase every artist of the nation.