Amarajyoti lives in Nottingham UK but is originally from Sheffield. She trained in Art and Design in the 60s, attending Sheffield, Liverpool and Leeds Art Colleges. She taught Art for 20+ years in secondary and further education.
She currently works in acrylics on canvas and paper in her studio in the garden and is a member of Rufford Art Society. She has exhibited in several local exhibitions over the past 40 years but recently has become more serious about painting. Before lockdown she travelled with sketchbook and paints to create sketches to work with back in her studio. Over the last year or so her work has become more abstract and is always colourful. Some of her artistic influences are: Barbara Rae, Howard Hodgkin and David Hockney.
Colour is the overriding influence in my work. I start with a wide brush mark on a blank surface and the choice of colour is lifted from a mood or from landscape sketches made on my travels. From this initial brush stroke the painting develops. I might use collage as I add or remove paint. Once started, I explore my way into the painting, and working from standing, it is a physical as well as a meditative experience of applying colour and creating shape, form and texture. My work has become more abstract since lockdown. I work in acrylics on canvas and paper and work on several paintings at once: usually one larger canvas and 2 or 3 small paintings on paper.