WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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That fearlessness has earned Mehta a string of honors over just a few years of entering competitions. Among many other awards, she was accepted into the Cape Cod Art Association in 2015 and won first place in a juried members' show; she was accepted into the prestigious Copley Society of Art in 2017, and won first place in the first juried members' show that she entered. A two-person show at the South End's Beacon Gallery in spring 2018 was another achievement. Besides her many awards, her Instagram posts caught the attention of Maine Cottage, a maker of coastal furniture, which offers nearly two dozen of her beachy scenes and other summery images. "The accolades are fantastic because to some degree they validate that I can actually paint, and my work is resonating with a wide audi- ence," says Mehta. "But the actual painting process is so private and inward-looking for me." It's a process that requires a good deal of effort. "I work really hard," Mehta says. "I put endless hours into my painting. I feel fan- tastic about what I have accomplished in this time. It's practically a dream come true. But I push myself. I live and breathe art. I see as much art as I can, I take my own photos to work from. It is on my mind all the time." Mehta paints at home in a room set aside for her studio, putting in long hours — from 9 a.m. to as late as 8 p.m. — taking breaks to walk her dogs, a Goldendoodle and Tibetan terrier. She spends about a week of those long days to complete each painting. "I love getting into that zone" where time melts away and there is nothing but the painting. "You can't force it. Somehow, everything is 172 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8 artist profile "a dream come true"

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