Sharmila Roy

Atlanta, USA

contemporary artist with very colorful and vibrant works.

I am always looking at nature around me whether around home or in my travels and constantly exploring new ideas for paintings. I also like to visit art shows and galleries for inspiration.

Sharmila Roy – from architect to artist!

A chance move from Dallas, Texas to Atlanta prompted Sharmila Roy to change career paths from having been an architect to fulfilling her dream of being a full time artist. Sharmila is a contemporary artist who paints very colorful and vibrant large format works in oil.



At what age did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I started being interested in art at an early age, mainly watercolor and pencil drawings. Started taking some lessons in painting seriously around 5th grade. Did my undergraduate degree in Architecture and while working I was also painting and doing ceramics on the side and slowly got into the idea of being a full time artist. Moving cities really made me quit my job and focus on my art career.
What is the earliest artwork you did that you can remember?
My earliest work that I am really proud of is a fishing scene in watercolor in a rural village in India with fishing boats and nets against a sunset.It is still displayed on the living room wall in my childhood home.
Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?
My favorite classical artist is Monet – the layers of color and the light filtering through his paintings really inspires me to see beyond the immediate subject matter of the work. Water Lilies series of paintings are my most favorite classical paintings. I also very inspired by Jackson Pollock paintings. I had the good fortune of viewing several original paintings by both of these artists in person at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
How would you describe your artistic style?
My painting style can be described as Modern Impressionism – I endeavor to create my view of a scene or a subject often blurring the lines between impressionism and surrealism.
When did you first sell an artwork? How did you feel?
My first professional sale was a large boat painting and it felt absolutely wonderful! I found validation in my work since it was someone I didn’t know who purchased that painting at a show.
What's your workstyle? Do you work on one piece at a time or work simultaneously on multiple pieces?
I usually work on more than one piece at one time particularly during the base canvas prep phase. My canvases have some mixed media treatments as a base layer before I start painting. I usually finish a painting almost to the finishing stages, and then prop it up at a prominent position in my studio where I can look at it at various times of the day and at various angles for a few days. This helps me solve any unresolved issues I might have in my mind regarding that particular work.
How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?
I am always looking at nature around me whether around home or in my travels and constantly exploring new ideas for paintings. I also like to visit art shows and galleries for inspiration.
Tell us a bit about your personal life ...
I live in the Greater Atlanta area with my husband and two daughters and our dog. I was born and raised in India and have made the United States of America my home for the last 25 years.We travel extensively within the US and internationally and that really gives me a lot of inspiration for my creative world. I have been involved in painting, ceramics or the design field ( undergraduate degree in Architecture and Masters in Landscape Architecture) all my life and hope to continue to do so in the future.

The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it. Art is the transforming experience.
— Joseph Campbell

A few pieces from Sharmila Roy’s gallery

A New Day

Burst of Spring

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Shows & Exhibitions

2018 “Spotlight on Art” by Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia

2017 “Holiday Small Works Show” by Alpha Arts Guild, Avalon, Alpharetta, Georgia

2017 Mes Amis Artistes – Recent Works by Georgia Artists Exhibit

2017 Strawberry Fields Gallery Featured Artist Solo Show

2017 “Size Matters” – an Invitational Exhibition of Large Scale Abstracts, Artists Atelier Gallery and Studios, Miami Circle, Atlanta, Georgia

2017 Metro Montage Juried Show, Marietta Square Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia