At University, DurgaMata took a two-subject degree: Theology and Religious Studies twinned with Mural Art. As an artist she has always been fascinated with colour, light and energy and she specialised in stained glass.
DurgaMata loves teaching both of her specialist subjects but whenever her exam-students chose silk-painting, she felt drawn to this medium above all others and has been a closet silk-paint artist for years. She feels silk-painting captures the qualities of colour, light and energy which drew her to stained-glass, but in a more fluid and versatile way. With silk you can wear the finished art and the colour and beauty influences and lifts both wearer and observer in a dynamic and positive way.
While teaching DurgaMata sometimes felt a deep sadness that her spiritual life had to be squeezed into a few minutes in the morning and evening. She wished that her meditation could be more central to her day. Now semi-retired from teaching she has discovered a way to make this happen. As a spiritual artist, her silk-painting is a real form of meditation and she explains...
“I feel that the peace and positive energy of my meditation is captured in the very fibres of the silk as I paint. This makes my products spiritually powerful as well as beautiful.
I feel that my yearning for a life where spiritual practices and meditation could be more central in my day was like an unspoken prayer which was heard and is now being answered“.
Selling her silk scarves through boutiques and galleries across the country, you can also buy her uniquely beautiful and powerful hand-painted silk scarves through her online Etsy Shop: DurgaMataLondon