We had the good fortune of connecting with Maithillee Zaveri and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Maithillee, what matters most to you?
I think the most important values which matter to me are:

1. patience: It is important to me, because I believe, without patience you can not succeed. it is always a testing phase in everyones life in someway or the other, but what matters is how one perceives it & learns to visualize a situation from another person’s perspective & responding with kindness & respect.

2. authenticity: One needs to be real whether in business or otherwise in general too. in the art fraternity, I believe there is no space for artists who aren’t authentic. as an artist, your creativity must continue to expand not by copying others but finding inspirations from/through them that’s called an artists authenticity.

3. vision: as an artist, one must have a vision/aim as to where he/she wants to reach. what is the artist trying to convey to his/her audience through his/her artwork.

4. creativity: You are a creator. As such, you have both the potential and the innate drive to create things that make lives better (including your own).

No matter how you express this impulse — through writing, art, craftsmanship, chemistry, robotics, etc. — you put something of yourself into every creation. And from that something, other things grow. You bear a living fingerprint, and you leave your own. So, it makes sense for creativity to be one of your key values, not just because others see you as “a creative sort” but because the creative impulse is your birthright, and you don’t consider a life well-lived that doesn’t honor that impulse and explore its potential.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started my art career at a very young age, when i merely knew what was in store for me. I was asked by my school teachers in grade 6 ” what do you want to become when you grow up?” little did i know how uncertain an art career might be, i confidently replied ” an artist” then the first time i got an offer to do an art exhibition was when i was in the 10th grade (2006). I think from then onwards there was no looking back for me. My works have varied from doing still life observational studies, figurative studies, portraits, land art to landscapes & black + white architectures. I wouldn’t say proud, but i think i’m blessed to be part of such a vast art fraternity today, blessed, honored & humbled to be recognized for my achievements so far. my first international award was The Dr. Sarojini Naidu International award for women. An artist’s journey is never easy till he/she is in the right niche & knows how to market/brand him/herself as an artist. Just like any other artist, i too had my share of struggles in the beginning of my artistic career. i didn’t know where to begin from until i got the right guidance from my school teachers which built my confidence too. i over came my challenges by doing a lot of research work, building my portfolio, exhibiting regularly to get my work noticed in the art market. it has not been easy. there are days & months where you can’t always sell your work. it takes months & years to create a master piece with patience. i believed in myself & patience which is why i know what it’s like to struggle & reach the top.

Do not listen to people who belittle/demotivate or discourage you because everyones (not everyone) story is different. Schools & colleges teach you about being competitive but in reality, a competition is with yourself, how you evolve as an artist from where you begun your journey as an artist to where you have reached today. you can’t compare your artistic career with another artist. art is meant to be appreciated, you can find inspiration from other artists but what you create at the end of the day on your own is what matters. i don’t believe in judging, criticizing, comparing & analysing an artist without knowing the story behind his/her artwork. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents, who have always been my support system. They have always encouraged & motivated me to be the best version of myself & follow my dreams. I can’t thank them enough for all that they’ve done for me & are continuing to do for me

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