It’s painting that completes me, says artist-cum-medico Salvya Raj

A picture might worth a thousand words and sometimes need no elucidation but a painting holds within much more than just a picture. Unlike photographs, paintings reflect the mood, feelings, imagination, aspirations and espouse the philosophy that a painter wants to convey which perhaps could not have been translated into words otherwise.

 “When you want to tell something and words doesn’t seem to shore up your conversation, painting perhaps could be the only way to communicate effectively or at least I find it that way,” says Salvya S Raj, a MBBS Phase-2 student of JSS Medical College, who has been into painting since she was 13 years.

Salvya S Raj
Salvya S Raj

Salvya who had organised a five-day painting exhibition as part of JSS College’s convocation day, displayed a collection of her outstanding paintings, mostly depicting the hues of nature. To her astonishment, she says with happiness clearly visible in her eyes, that her paintings got immense praises from students, public and artists. “A pat on back is all you need to further aim for the greater heights,” she says.

The medico has been organising solo painting exhibitions in various parts of South India and had participated in both national and international painting competitions. A self-thought artist who hails from Kannur in Kerala, started painting as her hobby and her incessant practice has made her a perfectionist.

“Painting is my hobby and it is still alive as my parents always encouraged me to pursue my hobby. If not for their support, I wouldn’t be standing here organising a solo painting exhibition,” she said and added that she equally got support from the JSS management which encouraged her to organise the exhibition.

Asked on how she chooses her subjects and what inspires her to paint, she promptly says “nature”, adding, “I love travelling and whatever leaves impression on my mind and heart during my journey becomes my subject.”

 Salvya has to her credit seven international awards and has won first prize in ‘Design a Stamp Contest – 2013’ conducted by the Department of Post.

 Well, that’s all about her paintings, the medico is not any less in her studies. Salvya passed 12th standard with 100 percent marks (1,200/1,200) and a ‘A+’ in 10th standard.

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