"My husband has been a great source of inspiration for me. Even my children support me a great deal. Without them I wouldn't have been able to really carry forward my dream."
"I'm Neeraj from Bijnore, Uttar Pradesh and since childhood I have been very keen on art. I remember painting since I was very little, and this interest was always with me throughout my youth and even after my marriage. Although I studied a post graduate in Economics, my inclination has always been toward art. However during those days, art wasn't regarded as a career option, I couldn't have imagined pursuing art professionally. So during my free time I would always find myself relaxing while painting, and deriving so much joy from it.
"Then I got married and our children came along, so I had to prioritize my time with my kids. But I never left painting. It was always there within me. Life is so much fun while I am painting.
"I am a very emotional person, and I feel I can express myself really well through the medium of painting. My husband has been a great source of inspiration for me. Even my children support me a great deal. Without them I wouldn't have been able to really carry forward my dream. Apart from my family, what inspires me are my emotions.
"In 2010, I finally went professionally in painting. Although I did not have any formal training in painting, a lot of people appreciated my work and encouraged me. And with all the love and support, as well as all the years of personal experience, I was able to showcase my paintings. It was such an amazing feeling when I sold my first painting.
"The very thought that my paintings were liked and appreciated motivated me the most. My hopes, plans and dreams are interrelated, and in the deepest sense they are beyond the external accomplishments such as name, fame and position.
"I normally use acrylics and oils, but for mix media, I prefer to prepare my own finished products by using high quality clay, ceramic, gum etc.
"For me art innovation and creativity are essential for human progress."