Name: Neeti Baura
Joined NSA: Term2 2011
NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?
NEETI: I would say the green lady created with pastels and ink, which I did as part of my A-level work when I was seventeen. I also really enjoyed painting the lady on the swing chair with oil pastels and the landscape scene from the Lake District.
NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?
NEETI: Ever since I can remember I have always been painting, drawing or doodling. Initially I used to draw cartoons and images from comic books. Then it progressed to still life, the body and anatomical drawings. This was very helpful in medical school! I have always enjoyed doing paintings for family and friends.
NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?
NEETI:After studying and working in medicine for such a long time, I wanted to get in touch my creative side again. I had just moved to Sydney and saw the sign for the art school on my way back from work. I think the colourful flowers outside got my attention.
NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?
NEETI: The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai. I already have a print of this at home, but the real painting would be amazing!
“The Great wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai
NSA: What are you working on in the class right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year?
NEETI: I am currently working on a magical fantasy landscape. I wanted to do something which involved the moon and lots of different colours. I hope to continue to develop my skills and work out my own genre of painting, while still enjoying the journey of being creative.
NSA: why do you take the class, or what do you get out of it?
NEETI: I find the classes to be very relaxing and a great break away from the norm. There is always a positive atmosphere, lots of cheeky jokes and it’s great to be around people who share a passion for art and learning.
NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?
Mike said “When I look at Neeti’s painting ‘Green Lady’ as part of her body of work for her A- levels (I remember them so well, English exams equivalent to HSC advanced level) it’s so obvious how very creative she was and is.
I feel honoured to have such a beautiful personality join my art school who makes my role as coach more than teacher so easy ( notice I didn’t say looks!) who’s not adverse to the odd cheeky joke that makes even me blush now that takes some doing!
Neeti has produced some excellent paintings but not enough drawing to develop her ideas so putting my coaches cap on I will encourage her creativity into endless possibilities a journey I am looking forward to as long as she stays in Australia…… I hope.”