Events at Ballard's Fine Art Gallery

Ballard’s First Fridays

Ballard’s First Fridays

August 2, 2024

Join us at the Gallery to meet Ashwini Bharathula

Ash is most certainly a rising star! She has the kindest soul and so very humble. Her work makes a statement for sure. Come see her work in person and meet Ashwini in person. I'm so excited to see her and have her working on a piece in the gallery for the show!

See you on Friday, August 2nd from 4-8 PM.

Ashwini Bharathula (b.1984) is a representational fine artist working mainly with oils and she currently resides in Chandler, AZ. She was born and raised in South India. “Growing up, I loved to draw and sketch in my spare time. It was mostly Disney characters and figures from Indian mythology.” She received her formal education in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. After completing her Bachelor's degree at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, she moved to the US in 2005 to pursue her Master’s and PhD at The Ohio State University. There she happened to audit a painting class one summer for fun and has been hooked ever since. After getting her PhD, she worked in the semiconductor industry for a few years. “Even while working in the corporate world, I had this constant itch to paint.” She finally took the plunge and quit her industry job to explore something at the intersection of art and science. She first started a YouTube channel where she created and shared science video lessons. She then collaborated with TED-Ed ( and helped create a few short movies that have garnered millions of views. “I also started painting more seriously around this time and eventually decided to pursue art full-time. The act of creating something realistic and beautiful from scratch brought a lot of joy to me.”

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