Working as an IT employee in the city, Sirisha Vachaspathi never realised that she can become a professional artist until she started receiving compliments from many in the past two years. Through word of mouth, her art has reached many places that she never thought was possible.
Born and raised in Hyderabad, Sirisha was quiet negligent about drawing, though whatever she drew was a lovely piece of artwork. That she realises now. “I used to do drawing since childhood and after that I left. It’s only after my marriage that I got back to painting,” says Sirisha, who is a self-taught artist.
If we observe Sirisha’s work keenly, her paintings reflect a very traditional art and show life in the sketches. “After marriage, when I started gifting paintings to my relatives and friends, many appreciated my work and through word of mouth, many started approaching me saying ‘can you do this painting’? Or, they would bring a particular photograph and ask me to recreate it as it is. For such requests, I make a slight change to leave my mark on it and they also pay me for that,” says Sirisha who created ‘thesiriartgallery’ page in Instagram just to display her art.
Sirisha also has a YouTube Channel too with the same name — ‘thesiriartgallery’, where, till date, she has uploaded many videos of the paintings and drawings. The creative girl has smart strategies to make people know about her art; to grab the attention and views of the celebrities’ fans, she drew the sketches of Power Star Pawan Kalyan, Ram Charan and Mr Bean live.
Sirisha has recreated the world-famous Baapu’s paintings and got appreciation from many who felt that her paintings “look exactly like the original”.
An expert in watercolours, acrylics, embossed paintings, sand paintings and nib paintings, Sirisha is “currently taking painting classes and soon I am planning to showcase my art with a solo exhibition”. Sirisha regrets that she could capture only a couple of her paintings as photographs, but on a positive note says, “Better late than never.”