Swarup Murthy, is a professional self taught watercolor artist who has been painting for over 20 years, specializing in florals and landscapes She lives in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, USA with her husband and finds watercolor the most spontaneous and expressive medium to work with. Swarup finds painting extremely calming and meditative and paints intuitively most of the time. She rarely uses a sketch and lets the water and pigment do its job. She lets the painting speak to her and often, let's it take the direction it wants to go.
Growing up with a grandmother who loved to narrate stories, Swarup tries to incorporate that storytelling into her artwork.She lets her expressive brushstrokes tell a story or adds text to her watercolors using a vintage typewriter. She loves to paint on different sizes of canvas and usually favors a loose and fluid style of painting. She tries her best to share what she knows through her blog 'The Storyteller' and her YouTube channel and encourages her viewers to pick up a brush and start enjoying the world of color. She has also provided watercolor tutorial videos for 'Online Card Classes'
After more than 3 years of blogging, she decided to answer her readers most common question..do you sell your greeting cards?
..July 2015, she opened the doors to her Etsy shop so that people could now have access to her artwork and she has never been as excited about something as much as this little platform to showcase her work!
As an ode to a fast disappearing dialect that she speaks which is heavily influenced by Sanskrit, she decided to name her brand SANKETI , a language spoken by a very small community. She had always been extremely fond of it's uniqueness and even though English has taken over her daily life, she makes an effort to speak it from time to time and named her brand the same, just to keep her connected to her roots!
In 2017, she collaborated with VIDA to bring a collection of cashmere/silk scarves to life. Her watercolors are printed on these scarves and she takes pride that every purchase from VIDA helps someone get educated, thanks to the literacy program that VIDA offers.
She hopes you find that special piece of art that speaks to you!