Interview With Melissa Vijay Bharwani aka Dhan Arts

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Melissa Vijay Bharwani aka Dhan Arts
Melissa Vijay Bharwani aka Dhan Arts

When did you first become interested in art?

I’ve always loved art and enjoyed being creative as a child. I would enjoy those arts and craft sets, which taught you simple things like sand art or paper making.

What style of art do you use most?

I would like to think I fall in the pop art sector.

Has your style changed from when you first began as an artist?

Tremendously! As my paintings started selling I gained confidence in trying out new techniques, colours, and materials.

What medium do you use?


What made you choose that medium?

It was the medium I was most comfortable with. It was easier for me to blend colours and have control of what I was trying to put on the canvas. I tried watercolours but I didn’t like the light hues I was getting. I’ve never had an opportunity to experiment with oils but maybe in the future.


Do your ideas come from life or imagination?

The traditional buildings I use come from life believe or not Curacao has amazing architecture and very colourful.

Its a treat to be able to put them to canvas.

How do you choose your images and colours?

My main goal was to make original art piece affordable to tourists who visited the island. The view of handelskade is the first thing most tourists see when they arrive. The colours of these buildings rarely change. And the first thing they remember of the island. Until recently I always used brights, I felt they gave a painting a good aura.

Recently I experimented with hues of dark blue, and blacks which also was very promising.

Do you work in a studio?

I don’t work in a studio, my parents own a gift shop in the World Trade Center Curacao, and I have a table with all my supplies and I paint often after work there. Its peaceful and one can really concentrate.

Who is your favourite artist?

I’ve got a few. Rembrandt has spectacular pieces of work. Andy Warhol one of the founders of pop art who literally dared to do what no one had ever done. In today’s day, Romero Britto, his simple, yet busy, pieces are just pleasing to the eye. You wonder, why didn’t I think of something like that? Just spectacular.


What is your favourite piece of work by yourself?

I have two, Cat’s Enjoying the View. I just love that painting. Along with my interpretation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night with Curacao’s Handelskade. It was a challenge I wanted to try out for quite a while. I was very impressed with what I could do. I think sometimes we just surprise ourselves and things aren’t as hard as they seem.

How much time (on average) does it take to complete a work?

It depends on the piece , and how organised I am. It can take a week to a month it really varies.

How well do you take criticism?

I would like to say well. But honestly it depends who’s giving it. If it’s a superior I’m grateful that they are guiding me and teaching me and correcting me. When you’re a self taught artist you sometimes lack the basics, because you never had formal training.

What do you do to overcome a ‘block’?

I often look at what other artists have done , for inspiration. Or I look at different sceneries and if I could interpret it in my own style on canvas.

How do you know something is ‘finished’? Is it easy to walk away?

You know, because you know the next move will ruin it, I think it’s a sixth sense most artists have or have developed with time.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on different ways to interpret Curacao’s Handelskade. Last year I launched my line of souvenirs, Dhan Arts so, different paintings on mugs and other items. Anyone who would like a piece of art can easily buy one. I’ve designed mugs, toys, key chains,postcards even baby onesies.

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What are your plans for the future?

Expanding my Dhan Art‘s line of artistic souvenirs and finding more locations to sell my paintings.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Marketing is as much work as actually creating art.

What advice would you give new artists?

Don’t give up! Its frustrating at times, when your paintings aren’t selling, just remember there is a time for everything.

Have you done any courses to help you?

I didn’t an IB art course in school. I do remember some of the techniques


es I was taught in sketching and drawing.

Do you use social networking in your day to day life?

Yes, I do use social networking daily, my Facebook page is
and you can follow me on twitter @dhanubharwani

Are you available for work (commissions)?

I am available to work for commission , I actually enjoy it.

Have you got hobbies?

I’ve got many hobbies, from six am gym workouts, to dancing and watching a great classic movie. I love to cook and and learning new recipes- variety in food is always something to look forward to.


Where are you based?

I’m based in Curacao which is a small Caribbean island with a little over 150,000 people. Its part of the ABC islands , Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Its just off the coast of Venezuela.

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