Shanthi Thiruppathi is an emerging artist and writer in the town of Carolina Beach, North Carolina. The charming beaches of the island is where she draws her inspiration. Coastal seascapes and exotic sea life dominate the theme of her artwork. Her trade name, Into the Blue, clearly describes her art as what you would experience when diving into the blue abyss of Shanthi’s aquatic world. Her painting style and lively color palette makes each painting identifiable as being a part of her unique body of work. Her intent is to emit a fresh, lively and energetic feeling from her art. She favors painting with acrylics so that she can carefully brush stroke a wide range of colors in a way that creates a stunning combination when completed. Shanthi’s artwork decorates residential homes, business offices, university buildings and museums.
One of her most popular paintings, the Salty Curl was displayed in the 2011 State of the Art exhibit in the Wilmington Cameron Art Museum. In 2012, Shanthi received prestigious recognition for her piece Mind Takes Flight, an artistic depiction of the Roger Sperry Theory of Split-brain Lateralization. Her painting won popular vote by students and professors in the Psychology department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where it is now displayed. In 2011, at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Shanthi earned her bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Shanthi uses her creativity and analytical skills working for Canvas Giclee Printing, a top print reproduction company for artists and photographers.
Shanthi is the author & illustrator of five children’s books: The Doll Cat, The Doll Cat Goes to Paris, The Tales of Tiggy & Tobias; Brotherly Love, The Tales of Tiggy & Tobias; Neon Jiggles and The Tales of Tiggy & Tobias; Treasure Hatcher. Shanthi draws her inspiration from the real-life stars of the books, her cats.
When she is not working, Shanthi has other interests which include dancing, playing the piano and singing. When she wants to relax she gains enjoyment by spending time on the beach. Although her local beach is a divine place to live, Shanthi has a passion for traveling and visiting new places. Having family in other parts of the world allows her to travel and experience different cultures. She is striving to make her work available in other countries to develop an international presence in art. This goal inspires her to create new ideas and expand her body of work, so that from any ocean in the world, people can dive Into The Blue.
Artist & Author Interview