Exploring the subtle and not-so-subtle differences of form and shape, color and hue, my work is largely abstract with occasional hints of the “real.” My paintings, drawings and prints are attune to the rhythms of patterns and nuance of color. As a formally trained ballet dancer, I am drawn to the balance and chaos that is at the core of movement. This sensitivity translates into my desire to look at the world, in all of its complexity, and to break it down to its unique essence – timing and space collapsed into two dimensions. Acrylic, Caran d'Ache, graphite, collage, watercolor, wax, pen and ink, wood, paper and canvas are just some of my tools.




I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area (where I still live) in a bi-cultural household in which I frequently travelled to India and throughout Asia. Consequently my art transcends borders, incorporating colors and images from both sides of the world. Growing up I was able to transition seamlessly from one culture to another. My artwork does the same – being at once expansive and personal. In addition, I worked in the environmental field for over sixteen years. Consequently, my love of nature and wild spaces also informs my work. Currently a fourth grade teacher, I have a B.A. in History, a Master of Arts in American Studies (Diaspora and Cultural Memory), and a Master of Education.

All images and text copyright Riti Dhesi, 2020