Being outdoors, feeling the wind, smelling the flowers, passing by the woods, watching the movement of sunlight as it hits all of these sights and capturing it on the canvas is precious to me. My subjects are usually natural landscapes, trees, flowers and people. I have been painting pleinair in an impressionistic style and am now shifting to realism. Using acrylics and oils as my medium, I strive to bring depth into my paintings. They make people see the wholeness of the subject and appreciate its beauty.
Shanthi Manickam is primarily a self taught artist from Pennsylvania. Born and raised in India, she has a Master’s degree in Computer Science. She initially taught herself to paint landscapes and flowers in acrylic medium. She then became a member and learned Plein Air painting at the Chester County Art Association.
She started participating in Plein Air Art competitions in 2011, and has since participated in Plein Air Brandywine Valley art competitions in Wilmington, Delaware from 2013 through 2016.
She then took a break and concentrated on learning classical painting techniques from Randall Graham in Malvern. Equipped with new skills, she now creates beautiful oil and acrylic paintings with subjects ranging from landscapes and florals to portraits and figures.
She has exhibited in Chester County Art Association member shows, juried shows, as well as the CCAA Exton Square Gallery in Exton, PA.
ART SHOWS, COMPETITIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
Chester County Studio Tour, PA 2023
Haverford Guild of Craftsmen, Spring arts and fine craft show, Haverford, PA-2023
Downtown Glenside Artsfest, Glenside, PA 2023
"Trees, Flowers, People and more" -Solo Art Exhibition at Malvern Arts, Malvern, PA 2022
"Song for autumn" Juried Exhibition, MH art Gallery & studio, Marietta, PA 2022
LightSpaceArt Online Gallery, Seasons Exhibition – Special Recognition 2017
Chester County Art Association, In the PINK, Juried Show, West Chester, PA 2016
John James Audubon Center Pleinair Art Competition, Audubon, PA 2015
Pleinair Brandywine Valley Art competition at Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, DE 2013 to 2016