Savitri Chib

I am a British born Indian Artist born in 1968 in Liverpool. My parents came to the U.K in the 1950’s. I love my name and its meaning and this has influenced my paintings of Gods and Goddesses.

The definition of Savitri: “”mythical daughter of a sun God””. The meaning of Savitri in Sanskrit: “relating to the sun”. This is the name of a hymn dedicated to Savitr, a Hindu sun God, and it is also the name of his daughter. It is borne by several other characters in Hindu epics, including a wife of Brahma, a wife of Shiva, and a daughter of Daksha. In the Hindu epic the ‘””Mahabharata””’ it is borne by King Satyavan’s wife, who successfully pleas with Yama, the God of death, to restore her husband to life”. – behindthename.com

I had the good fortune of travelling to India when I was 10 years old with my beloved Mother. I have travelled all over India many times since. I use a lot of colours in my paintings and India has been a huge influence. My most favourite pieces of art work are of Lord Krishna, Goddess Lakshmi, and of animals. When I draw/paint divine beings including trees and animals I feel their divine energy and life force. I find this healing and I am very grateful to Great Spirit. I believe in divine Magic and I love all Gods and Goddesses of all cultures and religions. Art is magic and has no rules which makes it so much fun. I feel strongly that when I draw/paint I am tapping into something deep within me and connecting with the divine. I count my blessings.

My favourite saying is “By the Grace of God go.””

I have been drawing since I can remember and have dipped in and out over the years. I loved writing stories and drawing as a child. I absolutely loved fairy tales, especially in my childhood. I enjoy drawing what I love in my own time and this is one of the main reasons I decided not to do a degree in Art. I decided to do a degree in Applied Community Studies with the main subjects Sociology and Social Policy. I graduated in 1996.

I had artists block after bereavements and other unexpected challenges in my life. I started drawing/painting again in 2017 after a huge gap. I decided to do paintings of Goddesses and designed a range of Goddess cards. I draw on the qualities of divine beings as I draw them. The main medium I use is watercolour and I love the way watercolours blend and feel ethereal.

I have worked in various community settings related to my degree and worked as a natural health practitioner for many years. I have been caring for loved ones on and off since 1991 with varying intensities. Caring for loved ones is one of the most challenging and most spiritually rewarding experiences in my Iife. I have had lots of wonderful and amazing soulful life experiences as well as challenges. I love the saying by C S Lewis “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” I would like to add the following in context of being a carer:

“The Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert talk about the two “hungers”. There is the Great Hunger and there is the Little Hunger. The Little Hunger wants food for the belly; but the Great Hunger, the greatest hunger of all, is the hunger for meaning… There is ultimately only one thing that makes human beings deeply and profoundly bitter, and that is to have thrust upon them a life without meaning. There is nothing wrong in searching for happiness. But of far more comfort to the soul is something greater than happiness or unhappiness, and that is meaning. Because meaning transfigures all. Once what you are doing has for you meaning, it is irrelevant whether you’re happy or unhappy. You are content – you are not alone in your Spirit – you belong.” – Laurens van der Post, The Lost World of The Kalahari.

I live in Liverpool with my partner Joseph Ankrah. I would like to thank Joe and brother Mohan Chib for their continuous love, support, encouragement, and appreciation of my artwork. I want to thank everyone who appreciates my artwork.