Everyday things, scenes, and ideas capture my imagination, and I see beauty in the unexpected and the mundane. I have captured the fleeting vignette of city corner through a combination of expressive, realistic, impressionist, and abstract style. The light and shadow play on metal and concrete stopped me in my tracks, and I had to share!
I enjoy painting whatever captures my imagination, mostly in watercolors. I also like experimenting with color pencils, graphite, and mixed media. I bring to my art the philosophy, heritage, and tropical colors of my birth country, India, and the spirit of adventure and experimentation from my now-home here in the USA.
Born in India Meera Rao, she completed Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology from Karnataka University, India and went on to obtain a Masters in Educational Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.
Rao is a certified Virginia Master Naturalist and has completed an online course in Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration from NewCastle University. She enjoys filling up sketchbooks and nature, art, and travel journals. Artists Betty Anglin, Jan Ledbetter, Joan Folsom, Doug Walton, Vera Curnow, and Myrna Wacknow have influenced her art journey.
Rao has exhibited consistently for the past twenty-five years regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has won several awards for her works exhibited at Capitol Hill Art League in Washington DC, Tidewater Art Association, and Peninsula WaterMedia Society in Hampton Roads. Meera Rao’s miniature painting ‘Exuberance’ was featured on the cover of the Hampton Arts Charles Taylor Visual Arts Center 2018-2019 Season Booklet and Calendar.