Learning to Paint; The Journey

Jhulan Mukharji
Kansas City, Missouri


I am a self-taught artist, and work mainly in pastels and oils. My work is figurative. I am stimulated by a wide variety of subject matter, and like to express myself with color. Art is a sensual experience and I delight in exploring its boundaries of light, shape, color, form, balance, and contrast. Although my work is representational, I do not feel constrained by any sense of photographic accuracy. Over the passage of years, this freedom has found expression in a blending of the figurative with an impressionistic strain. I have little knowledge of what lies ahead, but the journey remains a source of great excitement. My paintings are a pictorial diary of this journey.

Jhulan Mukharji is an artist originally from India who has been located in Kansas City since 1987. In India, he enjoyed traveling, reading, playing a mediocre game of tennis. As his mother was an accomplished Batik and fabric artist, Jhulan was exposed to art at a young age. Painting was an integral part of his formative years in India.
Later, he had the privilege of working with Anne Lyne in Richmond during his years he spent teaching at the Medical College of Virginia. Her instructional heritage goes back to Hans Hoffman and Henri Matisse. Beverly Nichols introduced Jhulan to the medium of pastels at the Kansas City Art Institute, and over the years he has had the good fortune of painting with many talented artists in the Kansas City art community. He is a member of the Kansas City Artist's Coalition and the Mid America Pastel Society.

Today, he has taught and practiced Cardiology in the US for more than three decades. He and his wife have raised three sons in Kansas City, and they look forward to their visits to their home in Prairie Village with much anticipation and joy.