Category Archives: Sangita Phadke

Blog entries about artist, Sangita Phadke.

Our 2013 Holiday Show – Something for Everyone!

Spring Greens & Crimson Red Pears - Sangita Phadke

Spring Greens & Crimson Red Pears – Sangita Phadke

Reaching Out - Christopher Owen Nelson

Reaching Out – Christopher Owen Nelson


If you haven’t yet experience our 2013 Holiday Show, you still have time! The second opening is set for the evening of Friday, December 27th and we warmly invite you and yours to browse the dynamic art from 5-7PM. We will also provide refreshments and music – a perfect setting for enjoying fine art on Canyon Road. One of the things we love most about this show is the variety – it’s that special time of year where we get to highlight all of our artists’ handiwork in one grand display, and we can honestly say there is something for everyone’s taste represented in this show!

Celestial Celebration - Lori Faye Bock

Celestial Celebration – Lori Faye Bock

If you love hyper-realism at its finest, Sangita Phadke’s pastels are for you. She has an incomparable style and many of our gallery visitors think her works are photos. You have to see Sangita’s compositions in person – we guarantee you’ll do a double take, when you see that they are in fact not photos, but rather, incredibly detailed and intricately crafted pastels!

Colors and Contours of Zion - Bernard Marks

Colors and Contours of Zion – Bernard Marks


For those that are nature lovers, Bernard Marks’ oil landscapes pay beautiful homage to the natural world. He generally paints en plein air, and the proximity to nature inspires him to immortalize what he sees in art form. When gazing at Bernard’s pieces, you will feel like you are there – whether it’s at the foot of a towering rock formation in Zion National Park, or beside a serene mountain lake.

A Touch of Passion - Michael Etheridge

A Touch of Passion – Michael Etheridge



We also have a lot of work that speaks to the souls of animal lovers. Lori Faye Bock and Sharon Markwardt, although deeply contrasting in styles and form, cross-over when it comes to subject matter. Come see the minute detail in Sharon’s grand animal paintings in oil and come enjoy the wisdom and whimsy in Lori Fay Bock’s critters in acrylic.

Cipher - Bonnie Teitelbaum

Cipher – Bonnie Teitelbaum



For art enthusiasts that are drawn toward the more abstract pieces, we recommend Bonnie Teitelbaum and Michael Ethridge to name just a couple. Bonnie’s acrylics are full of movement and energy, marked by distinct gestural scratches. They speak their own language – come decipher them for yourself! Michael Ethridge’s acrylic abstracts have traces of sculptural formations and are cloaked in unmatched color – simply stunning.


If you love art that portrays nature, yet has elements of the abstract and echoes of the magical, April Deming and Christopher Owen Nelson offer just that. Both artists weave realism into their works yet leave plenty of room for the imagination with components that lean toward the abstract.

Shadow of Thunder - Sharon Markwardt

Shadow of Thunder – Sharon Markwardt

Can you tell that we’re excited about all of our artists’ varying styles? We simply can’t wait to share these works and many more with you in person. Bring your family in and create a holiday memory that will last forever. See you soon!

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The Eternal Love of Mother Gaia - April Deming

The Eternal Love of Mother Gaia – April Deming

Still Life in Motion: Sangita Phadke’s delicious muses


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Fresh Apples – Sangita Phadke

Sangita Phadke had been playing with pastels for years when she decided to become a full-time artist. Still, there are some things you just can’t prepare for when you entirely devote your life to art—especially when your subject matter is edible.

“Whatever fruit or vegetable I’m doing, I’ll go the farmer’s market and buy tons and tons of them. I sit there at the apple bin for an hour looking at every little shape and color,” Sangita says. When she started, store employees would give her confused looks, but it was the artist’s husband who was the most clueless. “The first time I did it, he ate half my stuff,” she says. “I was like, ‘Oh no! It took me so long to pick those!”

From then on the artist labeled her prized produce with a “Do Not Eat” sign, and soon found that the work it inspired was as irresistible to collectors as eating it had been to her husband. In her 7 year career, she’s won over 50 awards and a spot on Southwest Art Magazine’s “21 Young Artists to Collect Now” list. That’s quite a juicy taste of success.

“I just started creating paintings and the reaction was so great,” Sangita says. “I never had to have that period where I second-guessed the decision, and I’m so grateful for that.”

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The Apricot Family – Sangita Phadke

The artist partly attributes her rapid rise to the fact that she knew her medium when she started. “In high school, I experimented with every medium out there,” she says. “I did some work in colored pencil, and then I wanted to work on a larger scale. Pastel was right away the most natural thing. I loved it.”

Despite her talent, Sangita didn’t consider becoming an artist right out of high school. Instead she indulged her love of math and majored in finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, though she did take portrait commissions to support herself. It wasn’t until she got married that she considered taking her art to the next level.

“My husband and I were discussing, ‘In a dream world, what would I do?’ and I said, ‘I’ve always wanted to be an artist,’” Sangita explains. “He said, ‘Go for it!’”

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The Purple Tulip – Sangita Phadke

Selecting subject matter was a natural process. Sangita indulged her inclinations for heavy layering and a high key palette by placing fresh fruit, veggies or flowers under bright spotlights. You couldn’t exactly label her photorealistic work still life, though. Beneath chiaroscuro lighting, the objects explode from their frames with all the vigor of Baroque portrait subjects.

“I feel like they all have their own stories,” Sangita says. “I’ll see something and be like, ‘This looks like a professor!’ I’ll think of emotions while I’m painting them.”

Sangita starts each piece by taking multiple photos of her subjects and selecting particularly appealing angles. Then she arranges the fruits or veggies based on the photos and works from life, lightly sketching the scene in pencil and layering her pastels from top to bottom and left to right to avoid smudges. The finished works are so realistic that we often find Waxlander visitors with their noses nearly smudging their surfaces.

Luckily for Sangita’s husband, most of the fruit is still good by the time she’s done with it. “We’ve been doing a lot of creative cooking since I started doing this,” Sangita says with a laugh.

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Not Your Mother’s Pastels: Sangita Phadke

A Sunflower For Fukushima

A Sunflower For Fukushima

In their recently opened group show, “Not Your Mother’s Pastels,” acclaimed artists Phyllis Randall, Marshall Noice, and Sangita Phadke take viewers on a journey. We are given the chance to explore the natural elements of the Southwest, rendered with Randall’s command of light and color; to marvel at the many landscapes of the U.S. National Parks, portrayed whimsically and truthfully by Noice; and, with the help of Sangita Phadke, to take a trip to the farmer’s market, like none other we’ve taken before.

Indeed, Sangita’s paintings of fresh produce, blooming flowers, and raw, unbroken eggs are anything but ordinary. Inspired in part by her passion for locally grown foods, Sangita’s paintings are more realistic than most photographs and also more meaningful. “My series of paintings pay tribute,” she says, “to the land, the people who harvest our food, and of course the delicious and beautiful products of their care and hard work.”

Her subject matter is at once commonplace and spectacular, human and beautiful. It is Sangita’s incredible talent and overwhelming faithfulness to the vegetables, fruits, and flowers she paints that inspires the viewer to stop and, of course, pay attention to their beauty, too.

The Citrus Family

The Citrus Family

Sangita’s gift to this viewer is “an experience in taste, flavor, fragrance, color, and a sense of place.” No detail is spared in her paintings. The familiar texture of a lemon is conveyed meticulously. The moistness of its skin, the slight discoloration near its stem, the scratch that mars its left side—these details are captured with care, as if they alone distinguish this lemon from all the rest, as if they are essential to its makeup.

In Sangita’s paintings, the details are essential. Using the peculiarities of each fruit or vegetable or flower or egg, she decides on a personality and an accompanying story line. A pear becomes the star of a Broadway play. Six lemons and a lime form a citrus family. A flawless and shimmering pink tulip becomes a debutante.

This aspect of whimsy, combined with the realism of her paintings, creates a one-of-a-kind experience that has earned Sangita much acclaim. In her five years of painting, the self-taught artist has been awarded the distinction of “Master Pastelist” by the Pastel Society of America and has been inducted into the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her paintings have been featured widely in magazines and in prestigious venues around the world.

The Blue Lotus Bowl

The Blue Lotus Bowl

Now her marvelous pastels will grace the walls of Waxlander Gallery, where they will inspire an appreciation for an integral part of the human experience. “’Food,’” Sangita points out, “is an ‘experience’ shared by every culture. Whether it is a spicy chile or a sweet apricot, it evokes a sense of respect for the land and its people.” And while Sangita’s paintings encompass many senses—taste, touch, sight, and smell—it is this sense, a sense of respect, that viewers will carry with them when they walk out the gallery door.

“Not Your Mother’s Pastels” opened at Waxlander on June 5th and runs through June 18th, with an Artists’ Reception on Friday, June 8th, from 5 to 7 PM.

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