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Meet Saudamini Madra

Today we’d like to introduce you to Saudamini Madra.

Saudamini, before we jump into specific questions about your art, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Born and raised in India, I moved to Los Angeles ten years ago. I have always been artistic and interested in visual arts from a very young age. I studied Fine Arts in college (in India) and have learnt many different art forms. Black and white art has been my favorite – there is a complexity you can achieve that appeals to me. I used to find a lot of peace working on landscapes and trees. Some of my best works are really complex pieces.

I did a Masters in Fashion and worked in the industry for 15 years. Despite being so busy, I would turn to art to de-stress.

In 2011, I went through a messy divorce. I lost all the pieces of art I had created over the years in the process. It hit me hard and I couldn’t bring myself to draw the landscapes and trees that I loved so much again. A couple of years ago, I was drawn to Mandala art. On the encouragement of a friend and my 2nd husband, I started to draw. I had never practiced this art form and knew nothing about it. I was completely mesmerized by Mandalas and practiced every single day, improving with each piece. I had found a passion and it was very exciting as my love for black and white art flourished once again! I am slowly working towards landscapes and trees again. I would love to incorporate them with my Mandalas!

About three months ago, I quit my job and am now working on Mandalas full time. I am now dedicating my time in creating new ideas, a website and classes that other aspiring artists will find helpful.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’d say the biggest struggle for me was to pick up that pen and draw that very first Mandala! I had not drawn anything in black and white for about six years. Somehow that felt intimidating and daunting. But once I drew that first Mandala, there was no turning back! Now, I get excited about every single piece I draw. Completing an artwork gives me a sense of accomplishment and wholeness like no other!

Tell us more about your art.
Mandalas are something I am really passionate about! It is a sacred geometry older than time. They are meditative, not only for the artist working on it but also for the people looking at it. I have worked on many commissioned pieces. My favorite part is bringing people’s vision and ideas to life in Mandala form.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Perseverance! When I first started drawing Mandalas, I struggled with achieving a high level of detail and new patterns to draw. However, I did not give up and kept practicing until I was able to achieve a lot of details even in smaller pieces. Over time, I have learnt new patterns and how to play with different versions of them to create something unique every time. It is so important to have faith in yourself and keep practicing till you reach the goals (big or small) you set for yourself.

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