We are incredibly excited to introduce everyone to Amruta Parmar, an emerging artist creating joyful, spiritually inspired artwork. You can find Amruta’s work in her Etsy shop, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook. You can also join her mailing list here.
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with art?
Hi, I am Amruta Parmar, majorly a self taught, emerging artist, painting colorful, vibrant happy art inspired by spirituality and a joy for beautiful spaces. I currently live in Cincinnati ☺
I paint intuitive modern abstracts that can be both joyful and uplifting as well as thought provoking and contemplative. They can be bright and bold with wild brushstrokes and sometimes clean and minimal with just foil and glitter using monotones.
I was born and brought up in a city called Pune, in the state of Maharashtra in India. Back in India, I professionally worked with two start-up companies. I was into mall marketing for 3 years, took a spiritual sabbatical for 2 years and then worked for 4 years with a Food Critic and author, who started organizing food and wellness markets pan India! I literally helped them recruit 7/8 friends of mine and we all killed it as a team ☺
I moved to the U.S. in 2017 post marriage, though I did visit the U.S. back in 2009 as a tourist.
I love laughing loudly ☺, cooking nourishing meals everyday (that’s my other personal job!) for us and feeding friends, attending spiritual retreats, scripture studies, travelling. I am also actively trying to move towards a toxic and medicine-free lifestyle. Learning jump rope tricks is my new favorite these days!
Making art happened to be a byproduct of my spiritual journey as I was seeking the ultimate truth and searching for God within and that is why you will often hear me say that “Art found me!”
Also, I guess there was an onset of depression that I was going through for almost a year or more from before I got married, but I never realized it. Art and meditations were my therapy, literally, and in hindsight I can say I was going through a lot of emotional pain and I needed some help!
I started painting in the fall of 2017 after I began receiving visions in my meditations to paint, and I wasn’t sure what was going on or why. All I remember is that I immersed myself in searching and learning on YouTube for hours while my husband was away at work.
At this point, I honestly didn’t even know what abstract art was, or the difference between acrylic and oil mediums. I ended up getting oil paints and they wouldn’t dry for 2 days. I literally added olive oil to the paint since it mentioned oil paints and then I looked it up online! Ha!
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
The art I make is majorly inspired by insights and inquiry in my spiritual journey, deep meditations in silent retreats, scripture reading, listening to a lot of spiritual talks.
It is an amalgamation of insights, understanding and perception by this unique body mind complex of Amruta as she perceives and processes the world everyday and through the lens of this new found Truth!
Be it Jain scriptures, Bhagwad Gita, Yoga Vasistha, Ashtavakra Gita, Buddha’s Suttas, Kabir’s Teachings or Ramana Mahrishi’s Direct path of Advaita Vedanta, all the teachings culminate to one understanding – THERE IS ONLY ONE CONSCIOUSNESS, ONE BEING, ONE GOD!
And after getting glimpses of this one-ness experientally, I cannot but know that this is the truth. And that my art is dictated by a higher truth. Otherwise it wouldn’t happen through me at all!
I try to express this experience and teaching into my art visually using forms, color, texture, media, brushstrokes, etc. I do this in the hope that it will bring you happiness, joy and a taste of your true nature, by piercing through the thoughts, sensations, feelings and perceptions and going beyond the mind. For the mind can never know the truth.
“The purpose of an artist is to give you a taste of nature’s eternal reality!”
– Rupert Spira
Can you tell me a little bit more about your Glitter Glory Collection?
The Glitter Glory Collection is made up of 14 small mini paintings full of glittery goodness, filled with joy, excitement, and happiness.
A reminder to never forget your true inner light and to fill your soulful space with this inspiration and sass! Glow your light and Shine bright, unapologetically!
These colorful glittery blocks are bound to get your attention and lift your mood up on any sad or dull day. When you forget your own shining light within, these glitter blocks will remind you of your glory, your happiness, your joy, and your blessings!
These colors also remind us, that though we all are different, we all have the same radiance shining through us, for God’s Glory, or the Infinite Consciousness is shared by all of us. His blessings and grace are equal for all and knowing this deep truth we can learn to live in harmony and love 🙂
We all are his children. We all share the same awareness, the same being!
We are all connected and share the same infinite Light!
I wrote a poem inspired by these paintings, and I hope it lights you up!
What do you find the most challenging being a small business artist?
Since I did not have any art background and I was in a new country, exploring something I have no idea about, everything was overwhelming. No community, friends, teachers, courses, how to even sell, how to price, how to market, literally everything was something I learnt on my own seeing what other artists do and researching on Youtube and Instagram!
The most challenging thing for me at this stage after almost 2 years is not having consistent sales and that leads to self doubt, doubt in my art, doubt in this journey as well. But I also know that it is not overnight success, it is okay if it takes time! The fact that it came on its own into my life, means there is a reason for its manifestation. All I need to do is keep showing up consistently. None of us have it all figured out, but there is so much learning and growth in the entire process, that when we look back, we realize we have come a long way ☺
Do you have a current favorite podcast or show?
I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts, though I love Revisionist History by Malcom Gladwell. His storytelling is exceptional! I also listen to the podcast by Seth Godin – Akimbo and Tim Ferris. I haven’t heard a lot of art podcasts except for Emily Jeffords and I have a list I want to listen to!
Do you have any big plans, projects or collections in the works?
I’ll be honest, I haven’t figured it out yet! It feels a bit overwhelming, but I definitely plan to do some holiday gift options between the range of $25 – $150. They will include original work as well as customized options. Folks can either purchase from what I already have available, or have a unique custom-made piece of art as per their color preferences and budgets and maybe even add a bottle of essential oil goodness to the mix. I’m considering using Doterra essential oils for this. We have been using them since February, they have so many health benefits, and I’m all about a medicine-free lifestyle! Art + essential oils would be a great thoughtful gift option in my opinion!
My big plans include making some very large artworks and being able to partner with galleries, interior designers, or work on some interesting collaborations. I’d also like to try my hand at licensing for which I need to learn how to use Photoshop!