Jayshree’s versatile personality reflects in her work through many mediums. Her paintings liberate color and lines from being purely descriptive to becoming free and expressive - suggesting emotion rather than a simple documentation of what the eye sees. Jayshree’s imaginative creative process creates abstraction with energy, color, and feeling.
Jayshree employs figurative motifs to facilitate modern composition. Liberating form, line, and color from mechanical description to produce a poetic, imaginative way of seeing. Carefully attentive to the play of forms, she draws from immediate pleasures underlying everyday visual experience. Rhythms of line, rhymes of color and spatial relationships, and unexpected vitality in "inanimate" objects, all make each work fresh, dynamic, and emotionally resonant.
For Jayshree, "It is simplification; instead of drawing an outline and then filling it in with color, with one modifying the other, I draw directly in color. It is not a starting point, but a culmination."
While some critics admired her progressive attitude and approach, a few interpreted her art as a lack of discipline and style, when she exhibited in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.
"I do not paint things, I paint the difference between things."
Jayshree started painting over 35 years ago. She earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from the prestigious Sir J. J. School of Arts of the University of Bombay, India in 1980.
Numerous exhibitions of her work were held in India between 1978 and 1980, in Bangalore, Bombay (now Mumbai), and Ahmedabad. Additionally, her work was displayed at exhibitions by leading art associations: the Bombay Art Society, Art Society of India, Artists’ Centre, Bombay Arts & Sports, Mysore Association, and the Maharashtra State Art Exhibition.
Jayshree’s work has been acquired by a number of notable private collections. Among these are those of industrialists (Mr. Jaikrishna Harivallabhdas, Mr. Pratap Narsee), cultural icons (Mr. Dilip Kumar, Mr. Vijay Merchant), and political leaders (Mr. Rajni Patel, Mrs. Pratibha Sharad Pawar). Her paintings were also bought by the Fellowship School, Mumbai and Ms. Fine Diamonds, Mumbai, among others.
Jayshree’s creativity and original work earned her a number of prestigious awards, among them the All India Art Competition (Delhi) – 1979, Bombay Suburban Exhibition of Paintings – 1978, 1979, and Sir J. J. School of Art Annual Exhibition – 1979.
Concurrent with her pursuit of a degree in Fine Arts, Jayshree completed a B.A. in Economics from University of Bombay in 1979. At this point, her interest in business trumped her love of painting, and she went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning an M.S. in Advertising from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Jayshree’s education led to a successful career in Advertising, with such global companies as Ogilvy & Mather, DDB Needham Worldwide, and Wieden & Kennedy. While she continued to paint on the side as an avocation, her main focus was on her career. She even started her own full service Advertising & Public Relations firm in Portland, Oregon.
In 1995, after 15 years in the industry she took a break to raise a son and do multiple family moves (including 3 years in the UK). In 2005 she entered the business sphere again as Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of a technology startup, Transpond Global Solutions. Subsequently she also started another Integrated Marketing Communications company in Austin, Texas – The Agency +.
After 4 years of running The Agency +, Jayshree decided that the call of her first love – painting – was too hard to ignore, and that it was finally time to devote her attention on a full-time basis to this… no longer an avocation but now a vocation.