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Art & Life with Mehak Batra

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mehak Batra.

Mehak, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Hi everyone! My name is Mehak Batra. Born in New Delhi, the capital of India, and the supreme capital of food, I moved to a small multi-cultural town called Annandale, thirty minutes from Washington DC, between 2006-2008. I was a high school junior and senior at the time, trying to find ways and means to express my teenage angst. I found comfort in art and writing.

I moved back to India in 2008 and studied Mass Communication as my major. I explored journalism, writing, filmmaking, and advertising. Being in a creatively challenging environment helped me bring out my inner warrior. I picked a career in Advertising which centered on designing digital identities for Fortune 500 companies, and in the process, discovered my own voice. But, it was only recently that I picked up calligraphy.

A month after my amazing wedding, which took place in my hometown, Gurgaon, a metropolitan suburb of New Delhi, I moved back to America in March 2017. This time, the universe led me to the mesmerizing Southern California. While exploring the ‘new me’ in the serene Orange County, I ventured back into the ‘old me’, and revived my long lost love of creating art.

Creating stuff makes me so happy! And this year I am challenging myself to become highly skilled in this field so that I can spread positive messages in society. With all the negativity we see in the news and our environments, we desperately need courageous voices that speak the truth, and spread some good cheer and hope in the process!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I draw, paint and create using markers, pencils, and brush. I am fairly new to this world, but I started calligraphy to lend a personality to powerful words and ideas that move people to take positive actions in their personal lives.

My inspiration is ordinary people who are courageously winning in their daily lives, in spite of all the odds. Like my aunt who kicked cancer’s butt with her infectiously cheerful attitude; my mother who is an educator and a value creator; my mentor, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, who has inspired millions of people around the world to create the life of their dreams; and lastly the amazing ladies who surround me, who shine even brighter when the times get tougher. My tribe inspires me every day to be better and live true to myself.

I hope people see my art as one ordinary person trying to awaken her greater self, with the sole purpose of inspiring others to also make positive changes in their lives.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
You are never lonely. What you do is truly unique, and without your voice, this world will be empty. Each of you has a unique mission to fulfill in this life, and your amazing art is a way to explore that mission of yours.

Remember that if you feel lonely, there’s someone out there feeling the same. Sometimes, we have to take that first step. I used to be someone who needed ‘saving’, but today, I am someone who doesn’t hesitate a bit to reach out to others.

Inspiration wise, what helps me is this amazing community of artists on social media, who do not hesitate to share their lives and mind with others. Also, having a mentor is one’s great good fortune. My mentor always reminds me of the treasure tower that resides in my life, and advises me to dream big with a big heart!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
With my day job as a digital marketer, I have not been doing a very good job of updating my work too often, but I promise to start again, very soon, and give life to all these ideas waltzing in my head!

Thank you so much for reading this.

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