Jaiya Bhandari is a UK born painter and self-taught portrait artist, whose work with oil and canvas evokes a sincere and striking emotionality and engagement for viewers and clients of diverse backgrounds. Inspired by the experiences and aspirations of her subjects, Bhandari empathically captures those moments we keep close to our hearts.

Bhandari's recent "Archetypes & Ayurveda" collection explores our collective relationships to the myths and archetypes we find all around us, in every culture. Her work presents a set of vibrant, colourful Hindu deities, revealing the archetypes - destruction, creation, and abundance - that fill our lives with ritual and meaning. In addition, several works explore the different tastes and emotions found in Ayurveda through the use of Indian pop-culture imagery.

In addition to painting, Bhandari designs programs in which art and play open a space for freedom of expression, building relaxation, self­ confidence and stronger community relationships. In a recent place-making initiative with the Asian Arts Initiative, she engaged guests from a local homeless shelter as well as staff and local residents with two "Color Splash" workshops, a signature service for groups and families, inspired by the Hindu festival of colour, Holi.

Bhandari's background includes corporate, philanthropic and arts experience. Trained as a certified public accountant, Jaiya migrated towards programming youth development and social enterprise initiatives for the EY Foundation in London, while developing her skills as a meditation instructor. Her experience and passion for the role art plays in community economic development enable her to understand and meet the needs of a wide audience.