Tejaswini (Alpana Mittal) is a versatile artist with creations in multiple media. She has worked with watercolor, oil, acrylic, and also beads on canvas. Her specialty is creating artwork revolving around the modernization of traditional themes including, ancient Indian romanticism, folklores, and legends.
Born into an art-loving family, Tejaswini was exposed to art and its appreciation from early childhood. She chose “Fine Arts” as her major and has an M.F.A. from CCS University, India. She also has an “Arts Management” diploma from New York University.
Her major contribution to the World of Art is her creation using beads on canvas. In these artworks, she has taken a play toy for children and created very mature artwork from it. All of these artworks have been created based on her visions; hence, she has appropriately named the series as “Dream Reflections”. This series uses fractals with a flavor of decorative patterns used for community and religious meetings across Asia, ranging from Tibetan Mandalas to Alpna, the floor decoration art of south Asia.
Tejaswini comprises intricate pieces made with pearler beads on canvas. The artist draws from a variety of inspiration, including the Rangoli artwork she used to make in India during the festive season, which she has continuously tried to recreate in a variety of mediums.
In 2008, she purchased an art kit, as a Christmas gift, for her daughter. The little girl created small birds and flowers using the beads in the kit, at which point the artist started visualizing different patterns on the canvas with these beads and realized she found the perfect texture for her designs.
Tejaswini has displayed her artwork globally in exhibitions at galleries and has been widely acclaimed for her multifaceted style. Her traditional painting depicting “Krishna” was judged “Best in Show” in Hudson County Art Exhibition 2013. She was awarded by The Hudson Artists of NJ in 2014 again, for her painting “Holi”, in Oil and Acrylic category. She was 1st and 6th showcase winner at ArtSlant online exhibition, in 2017.She received an“outstanding service” award from Sing for Hope, in 2019, while she painted a piano for the organization, titled “Basant Utsav”.
Several of her art pieces are in private collections in Asia as well as North America.