Sreetama Ray (or Sree for short) has been inspired by thoughts, emotions, and her Indian culture. Indian culture is filled with birds, bright colors, and a very exuberant color palette. This totally makes sense when you look at her beautiful artwork. At six years old, Sreetama can remember her obsession with trying to draw a perfect circle and boy has she come a long way since then! The most common thread she has found in her artwork is her personal experience which inspires most of her work. Sree has been a pleasant pop of color to our Kess collection and is one of our newest artists to Kess and we feel excited and appreciative to have her work with us. 


Sreetama took the time to answer a few Q&A's we had for her and her artwork! View her artwork here!


KIH: What is your first memory as an artist?

SR: Not being able to draw perfect circles when I was about 5 or 6 years old. The slight OCD in me got me all worked up and I filled my entire drawing book with imperfect circles trying to get a perfect one.


KIH: What is your creative process?

SR: I draw whatever comes to me, but it is always influenced by India and my culture in some ways. I like to draw words and emotions: sort of like pictionary, just a bit more elaborate. I am inspired by thoughts and emotions and nothing motivates my art as words do. And I love faces. In my opinion, there's no place as interesting as a face. 


KIH: What was your first medium?

SR: Pen and paper. Watercolor 


KIH: What is your favorite color right now?

SR: Black


KIH: What common threads do you find show up in your work?

SR: The common thread that runs through almost all my work is personal experience. When it is a comment on a social or sociopolitical issue, it is still correlated in a linear fashion to or from a very personal experience. 


KIH: Where do you do most of your artwork?

SR: At home in my small study. 



1 THOUGHTS ON “Chirp Chirp with Sreetama Ray”

by monk

Thank you for a subtle, insightful interview. There is a certain magic in the beauty with which Sreetama can express herself. The vivid, understated precision of her art is reminiscent of a zen garden’s stillwater calm. Like opening a sunny, midsummer morning window to a green, birdsong radiant world.