A resident of Pleasanton, California, Meghana Mitragotri is a Watercolor Artist that draws inspiration from quaint countryside landscapes, flowers and birds. Lighthouses and windmills are also among her favorite subjects. Her style is often realistic, and sometimes impressionistic. Meghana was born in a family of scientists and grew up in Kalpakkam, a township in southern India. Growing up in a diverse community elevated her creative interests in Art, Languages, Classical Music and Dance. While in grade school, she took art classes and was introduced to media like colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, acrylic, and oils.
However, watercolors became Meghana’s choice of medium because of the sheer versatility of water resulting in an array of shades, movement, textures and hues, that bring to life her idea of natural beauty and a level of serenity in a painting. The process is therapeutic, and the result organic!
Meghana started to develop her own techniques over a period. She continues to learn tricks and techniques to include wet-into-wet, negative painting, lights vs. shadows, color theory into her artwork. She loves using a variety of bold and subtle colors alike in her paintings and must have a shade of green in ALL her pieces. She closely follows the work of renowned artists whose art style and compositions have inspired her.
Painting has always been Meghana’s favorite hobby. She has been encouraged by family and close friends to take this hobby a notch up, and this has made her a full-time artist allowing her to become a member of organizations including the Pleasanton Art League, Livermore Art Association, Dublin Arts Collective and California Watercolor Association. She is currently one of Pleasanton Art League’s (PAL) Board of Directors and serves as the Scholarship Chairperson. The pandemic has given her an opportunity to become a member of Tri-Valley’s Online Tech Team to work on virtual projects to bring communities together.
Meghana is also a crafter. Her company is titled “DaintlyMade”. She is actively involved with participating in numerous Art & Craft shows and Fine Art events & competitions throughout the East Bay year-round. Her artwork has been exhibited at venues including Museum on Main, Harrington Gallery of Firehouse Arts Center, Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, and juried shows at Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery and City Hall in San Ramon, Bankhead Theater in Livermore, Blackhawk Plaza in Danville, Delicato winery in Manteca, other fine art shows in Tracy, Fremont and more. She has also received awards and accolades for her work. Meghana enjoys teaching watercolor lessons online!