God is kind to Radhika Mehra, 18. This hearing-impaired girl has still not completed her Class 12 but will have her second solo painting exhibition at Epicentre, Gurgaon, later this month. She is very enthusiastic about it and is leaving no stone unturned to make it a success.
"My earlier exhibition was held about six months ago at the DLF Art Gallery and that was very encouraging for me. It gave me a lot of confidence.My entire family celebrated the success. It was a very joyful moment for me," said Mehra, whose house is full of her paintings.
Though she is a hearingimpaired by birth, Mehra never let it become an impediment. She has a strong bond with her art teacher Vijaya Bagai, who understands her passion. They have a unique way of communicating.
"It took us many years to realise Radhika's passion. About four years ago we decided to look for a teacher who could hone her skills, and found Bagai," says Radhika's mother Priya Mehra.
"In painting, Radhika has found a window to showcase her true self," adds her mother, who left her job with a private company to assist her daughter in painting after she realized that she was drawn towards drawing and painting.
Mehra is presently studying in Shri Ram School, Gurgaon, and will complete Class 12 in 2012.
Mehra has had a flair for drawing and painting from a tender age. She loves colours and is inspired by nature to paint. Though her creative journey took a more concrete shape after she came in contact with Bagai. Under Bagai, she blossomed into an artist who loves to experiment in different medium.
"Radhika has done excellent work in watercolours, soft pastels and charcoal. Once in a while, she also tries her hand at oil on canvas," says Bagai.
Mehra is also an avid photographer and loves clicking nature and her surroundings and translating those images onto the canvas.
Holding one of her art works, Nine Horses, in soft pastels and oil, Mehra says it is her best creation. Her execution of different expressions on each horse is remarkable, admits her art teacher, adding that another favourite of her works is Bani Thani, where she has let her imagination run riot.
"The picture is full of gentle mischief and makes one smile," says Bagai, who is hopeful that her upcoming exhibition at Epicentre will get a good response.
Mehra gets full support from her family. Her brother Varun is her best friend and also her critic. He points out her slightest error, which she happily rectifies to make her work better.
She also feels lucky to have parents who give her a lot of time and encouragement that has helped her evolve as a person and as an artist.