Ranjini venkatachari, cpsa, cpx

Fine Art in Colored Pencils | www.vividpencils.com

Ranjini was born in Chennai, India, a place full of rich color and culture, which has always been a big inspiration in all of her work. She moved to the US more than a decade ago and currently has her studio in San Ramon, California. She teaches colored pencil classes locally and all across the US.
Her colored pencil art has been juried into several National and International shows across the US & UK, like the Salmagundi Annual non-member exhibition, Leading masters of Contemporary Realism (International guild of Realism), California State Fair, Women Painters of Washington and Colored Pencil Society of America’s International shows and UK color pencil society International show. Ranjini’s works has also been published in the Strokes of Genius 4&5, American Artist, International Artist, American Art Collector, Southwest arts magazine, Ann Kullberg’s COLOR Magazine & Art Guide Northwest.
Ranjini is a five year merit signature and a Lifetime member the Colored Pencil Society of America (www.cpsa.org). Ranjini is the brand ambassador and featured artist for Koh-I-Noor USA colored pencils. She also runs her own school in San Ramon where she enjoys educating the young minds with various art forms.
“Inspired by the finer nuances of simple everyday subjects, I embody my work with a variety of moods by using expressive color and dramatic lighting. Although I prefer to work in a realistic style, I like my art to be a passionate interpretation, rather than a replication of what I see. Light, Color and design excites me and I try to demonstrate how life extends beyond the subject limitations.
Although I work on a variety of subject matter, I enjoy working on Still-life genre  the most using Origami models and reflective surfaces. Colored pencil is always my medium of choice but I constantly explore other mediums and combine them with colored pencil to keep things interesting. My unique method of combining colored pencils with water soluble wax crayons on sanded surface allows me to create vivid, realistic drawings in a fraction of time compared to traditional colored pencil drawings. “