My body of work varies widely in subject, but it all ties back to a single, underlying aim: to see and capture the world around me as a traveller would, viewing both the everyday and the exotic with fresh eyes.
In our fast-changing world vernacular history is lost at an ever-quickening pace. Signs hark back to our history before we were Silicon Valley: They were designed to be unique and to capture the essence of small businesses. They create a sense of place. As an Urban Sketcher, I am interested in capturing these quick-disappearing pieces of our history. I stand on street corners, my whole ‘studio’ in a sketch bag, and capture these signs as I encounter them in an unedited first-response. The immediacy of pen & ink and atmospheric quality of watercolor is what I use to create these little sign paintings as reminders of our past.
Suhita Shirodkar is an urban sketcher, a watercolor artist, and an instructor. Her work has appeared in Watercolor Magazine and Watercolor Artist. She has been featured on KQED, in the Mercury News, on local radio shows and has taught workshops around the world.
Suhita works in watercolor, pen & ink. She loves the immediacy and freedom to experiment that watercolor allows: that first, quick capture is the one that gets to the heart of her subject.