The Falls Series

The Falls Series

In the early years of my life in the United States guests from India to our home were
entertained by being taken to the world renowned Niagara Falls. The parks around Niagara Falls were
also a place where my parents, and three generations of family met for summer picnics. Niagara Falls
was always beautiful and grand, but distant. In the last couple of years, after a hiatus of several years,
I had a few occasions to visit Niagara Falls again. I started to develop a more intimate connection
with them. Inspired, and in awe of their majesty and power, I returned to witness the Falls in various
light and weather conditions. I got in closer proximity to the Falls and had photographic
conversations with them from various tangents. Not only were the Falls a spectrum of light, color and
texture, they were also a metaphoric spectrum of Gods energy and power. Seeing them also as a
converging point of various cultures, they were symbolic of the uninterrupted energy that connects
one man on this earth to another.

This fusion of thoughts bolstered me to turn to painting. The paintings manifested the
physical and emotional power of Niagara Falls. The physical power was in the energy and grandeur
of the water and in the momentum of the water as the mighty Niagara fell over the cliffs. The
emotional power was in bringing people from all parts of the world into its parameter. These thoughts
developed into the creation of conceptual images of buildings, temples and churches juxtaposed at
various angles along the waves of Niagara Falls. The structures from various parts of the world stand
for the various cultures that converge at the Falls.

Included in the Falls Series are also smaller sized watercolors that were inspired by the new
awareness of The Letchworth Falls, located not too far from Buffalo. The presence of Letchworth
Falls as a source of inspiration for a series of paintings came about after my daughters wedding. The
Letchworth Falls were a place where all extended families and friends had gathered and bestowed
blessings on the newly married couple. While poignant thoughts of not having my husband at the
wedding due to his demise a few months prior to the wedding prevailed, the happiness of the union of
the couple balanced the elements of sadness and fulfillment.

The Letchworth series emerged a couple of years after the wedding in 2005. I made solitary
trips back to the Letchworth Falls in the intervening years. Each time I soaked up the beauty of water,
earth, rock, foliage and air in closer proximity and on a smaller and more intimate scale than at
Niagara Falls. With the wedding occurring at the Letchworth Park, the Falls had been hallowed for
me. What emerged were a series of paintings in which the physical elements of the park intermingled
with my personal emotions and experiences.