Multicultural watercolors on display

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“Faces in Watercolors,” an exhibit of portraits by Kavitha Chandrasekaran, is on display in the Nashua Public Library in March and April.

The works include depictions of a diverse collection of people from Africa and Asia. There are also a couple of portraits of pets, because, Chandrasekaran says, “Painting fur is something I love to do.”

From a young age, Chandrasekaran has been fascinated with different cultures and ethnicities, and that is reflected in her work. “When traveling is challenging, it is a treat to see people from around the globe on one gallery wall.” She painted some of her portraits from photos found on Instagram.

Chandrasekaran attempts to capture the story behind the portrait, through her interpretation of the emotion in the eyes and every small detail in jewelry or a headdress. She especially enjoys creating family portraits that include relatives who no longer live with them.


Chandrasekaran has a master’s in human physiology, but when it comes to art, she is self-taught. She has enjoyed drawing and crafts since childhood. Feeling lonely and bored when she moved to Nashua three years ago, she picked up her brush again. Since then, she has not missed a day of painting.

Meet the artist

The exhibit can be viewed anytime the library is open. You can meet the artist at a reception on Thursday, April 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Artists wanting information about exhibiting at the library should contact Holly Klump.