I grew up in Pune, India, a city surrounded by hills and Sahyadri Mountains. Treks and walks in the wilderness was a part of my growing up years. Watching nature happened naturally, even unintentionally.
Awareness of the different ecosystems and sustainable management of natural resources, grew, when I did a course with the Ecological Society , Pune. Some association with naturalists, botanists and ornithologists increased the awareness of the living wild world.
Treks in the Himalayas, including some high altitude ones and in the Sahyadri ranges were a revelation of the beautiful flora and fauna of the Himalayas and the western Ghats. They gave me many opportunities to see the rare black-necked crane, Tibetan Argali, to name a few during the treks in the Himalayas and in Ladakh.
Birds populate every habitat and they fascinated me as an artist. Being out in the wilderness gives me inspiration and provide content for for my paintings.