Piya Samant

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'If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.' -Edward Hopper

I grew up in the historic city of Ahmedabad, 350 miles west of Mumbai in India. My parents' home doubled as an unofficial shelter for birds and animals who needed food and shelter. They rescued and cared for hundreds of strays; I learnt to care for and paint animals early in life. By age 15 I was drawing portraits of people, animals, nudes and developed a great love for free hand Henna patterns. I graduated as a computer engineer and came to United States for a Masters in IT and later an MBA. I worked in IT management most of my professional life. Through it all, I continued painting and exhibiting art, but not as often and as much as I would have liked.
A year after completing my MBA at age 33, I decided that a day spent not painting was a day wasted. On April 10, 2014 I left my career in IT to pursue my life long dream of being a daily painter. I am a contemporary artist. I paint daily out of my studio in Auburn, MA. Oil is my first love, but I also enjoy working with graphite, charcoal and ink. Most of my pieces are commissioned portraits of people and pets created using photo references of the subjects. Other commissions in my portfolio include semi-abstract florals, athlete figurative paintings.

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