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My work, 13 new original oil paintings, is on display from January 20 – April 14 2015 at the Naam Restaurant.













This slideshow shows the process and final images of the ‘Lotus Moon Dancers’ painting series. There are 13 oil paintings on 12×36″ canvases of female dancers in Bharatham poses.

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The show has artwork that expands on a concept I have been working on since 2009. There are new 13 oil paintings, 12” x 36”, called Lotus Moon Dancers. I have also included a single print (12×36″) of one of the previous triptych that I originally painted in 2010 and the original oil paintings (8″x24″) of the first triptych I did in 2009. Which I have shown on my process page.

I love the Naam. Open 24/7 I always know I have access to great vegetarian food, it’s heaven. My sister suggested I contact them to put my work up there. They reviewed my work and said yes! I hadn’t finished the series at that point but they were okay with me finishing the other 10 paintings by the time I put them up. Thankful for that trust I went ahead.

The Inspiration

This series of paintings are my understanding of creation in Hinduism. The numerous discussions with my dad and others on what binds us spiritually and the use of idols and imagery to focus attention inward brought up themes and symbols I wanted to see combined in different ways. I love the idea of a dancer or Shiva as Nataraja, a dancer in female form, whose movements create and destroy forms in the cosmos. I also love the lotus that seems like a natural connection between earth and sky.

I enjoy watching Indian classical dances like Bharatanatyam (or spelt like bharatham) and Kathak. They tell a story with eyes, hands and postures. The clothes and jewelry are beautiful and I am amazed at the strength required from the dancers in the movements.

Here is some info on classical Indian dances


My Vision

The ocean and night is meant to represent the cosmos, which is seemingly formless and fluid.

The lotus flower is the first act of creation. The guardian between peace and chaos. It floats on the surface and lives both above and under the water existing in air and water simultaneously.  The Lotus flower feels like a connector between worlds and represents peace, calm and overall tranquility.

The dancers are female, signifying the creative force that is in continuous motion generating waves and forcing change. The female dancer poses are derived from classical Indian dance (bharatham) positions.

I named each dancer to personalize the figures and add another layer in meaning to the paintings with the name choice.

Anala - oil painting 12"x36"

Anala means Fiery, SoulUrge inner desire to create, idealistic, intuitive, and spiritual imaginative.

Anisha and Anita - oil painting 12"x36"

Anisha is the name of goddess Laxmi, long lasting flame, bright light, Supreme; Continuous.

Anita, in Sanskrit, means full of grace, mercy, favor, variety, a leader, without guile.

Devi - oil painting 12"x36"

Devi means Divine. Derived from Sanskrit meaning “goddess”. Devi is the Hindu mother goddess who manifests herself as all other goddesses. A title relating to Shiva’s wife who is known by different names according to her exercise of power for good or ill.

Soma - oil painting 12"x36"

The name Soma is of Indo Pakastini origin, and the meaning is moon. Woman named Soma can be secretive and mysterious, she is an independent soul who frequently craves solitude.

Siya - oil painting 12"x36"
Siya is a variant of the Sanskrit name goddess Sita, Wife of Lord Rama.

Shivani - oil painting 12"x36"

Shivani means a supreme goddess, the feminine half of God. She is a follower of Shiva and was named Parvati but changed her name to Shivani after she became the wife of lord Shiva.

Shakti - oil painting 12"x36"

Shakti means Power or empowerment, is the primordial, cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism. It is the concept, or personification, of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as ‘The Great Divine Mother’. On the earthly plane, Shakti most actively manifests through female embodiment and creativity/fertility, though it is also present in males in its potential, unmanifest form.

Saroj - oil painting 12"x36"

Saroj means Lotus, is of Indian origin, and is spiritually intense and brings love and new starts into life.

Padma - oil painting 12"x36"

Padma means Lotus flower. People with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony.

In Sanskrit, lotus is a transcription of both the masculine form and the feminine form. According to Hindu tradition a lotus holding the god Brahma arose from the navel of the god Vishnu. The name Padma is used in Hindu texts to refer to several characters, including the hero Rama and the goddess Lakshmi.

Nitya - oil painting 12"x36"

Nitya means “always, constant, everlasting, eternal, a regulated mode of expression and evolution” in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form and the feminine form (an epithet of the Hindu goddess Durga). In that expression Nitya is the name of the Lord Ganesha as ‘Eternal – As the Lord of all gods and creation, He is the Eternal Truth.’ As well Nitya is also name of Lord Shiva as ‘The Eternal – The indestructible Shiva is the Persisting Reality.’


Mira - oil painting 12"x36"

Mira means “ocean”, “sea”, “limit” or “boundary” and in the Indian meaning it is a mythical princess.

 Maya - oil painting 12"x36"

Maya is a feminine name with multiple meanings. In Hindu philosophy, Māyā means “illusion” and in Hindu mythology, it is also an alternate name of the Hindu goddess Durga. According to tradition, Queen Māyā of Sakya was also the name of the mother of Siddartha Gautama, the Buddha. Maya is the supernatural power wielded by gods and demons to produce illusions.

Jaya - oil painting 12"x36"

Jaya is derived from Sanskrit meaning “victory or victorious”. It is a Buddhist female deity and one of the names of the wife of Shiva.

The work is on sale at the Naam and prints are available in 12″x36″ (same as original) or 8″x24″.

At this time you can go to my Etsy Shop or contact me directly if you are interested in purchasing an original work or print or would like a custom piece based around this theme.


You can reach me via email or call 778.893.6144. You can connect with me on facebook (search Uma Sharda) and twitter @umasharda .

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