The beauty of nature inspires me to create. I am constantly painting in my mind the visual beauty that is around me. Capturing the light and colors of the changing seasons through my brush strokes is my passion. My medium of choice is acrylics. It helps me work fast and create vibrant paintings. I also work with watercolors. Pencils and charcoal are the mediums of my choice for portraits. Most of my works are painted en Plein air and in studio with my photos as reference. I love to paint landscapes with trees, changing seasons, water, flowers and people.
Shanthi Manickam is primarily a self taught artist. Born and raised in India. She has a Master’s degree in computer science. After moving to US and being a stay at home mom she started working on her passion. Initially taught herself to paint landscapes, then became a member and learnt Plein air painting at Chester County Art Association. Started participating in Plein air competitions since 2011. Has participated in Plein air Brandywine Valley art competitions In Wilmington, Delaware from 2013 to 2016. Also taken part in Plein air at Mill Grove competition in Audubon, PA. Has got special recognition for her painting in ‘Seasons’ online art competition by Light and Space online art Gallery.
Has exhibited in Chester County Art Association member shows and juried shows. Exhibited in CCAA Exton square gallery, Exton, Pa.
ART COMPETITIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
LightSpaceArt Online Gallery, Seasons Exhibition – Special Recognition 2017
Pleinair Brandywine Valley Art competition at Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, DE 2016
Chester County Art Association, In the PINK, Juried Show, West Chester, PA 2016
John James Audubon Center Pleinair Art Competition, Audubon, PA 2015
Pleinair Brandywine Valley Art competition at Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, DE 2015
Pleinair Brandywine Valley Art competition at Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, DE 2014
Pleinair Brandywine Valley Art competition at Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, DE 2013