by Courtney Banks 

A graduate of University of San Francisco and originally from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Courtney Banks joined Kindred SF Homes in 2020, as a Realtor with Jamie Comer and Associates. For her full bio and contact information, please follow this link.

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While walking my dog in my lovely neighborhood, Russian Hill, I stumbled upon the most beautiful thing! A full art studio being run out of a garage. I was drawn in by the vibrant use of color and light, so as soon as I got home, I did some quick internet stalking and found the @GarageFourGallery page, then dug further to connect with the artists. 

Please meet Anoushka and Maya, the talented women who run this sweet studio and create beautiful art!

Anoushka Mirchandani

From her website – “Anoushka Mirchandani is a self-taught, female artist living in San Francisco. Born and raised in India, Anoushka moved to the United States when she was 18 years old. Her artworks are informed both by her cultural upbringing in India, and her personal discoveries and growth in the United States.

Anoushka works across multiple media to create figurative and abstract artworks that embody the emotions of what it feels like to be a woman in society today. Her artworks are inspired by her patchwork identity; that of being Indian, being an immigrant, being an other, being an American, being a woman, and being an artist.”

To learn more, please visit her website at https://www.anoushkamirchandani.com/.

Maya Fuji

From her website – “Born in Japan and raised in the Bay Area, Maya Fuji is inspired by both her cultural heritage as well as the local microcosms of the SF Bay Area. She is fascinated by themes of traditional Japanese mythology and folklore, and blends these with her own experiences of being issei (first generation) in the United States. A recurring theme in her work is the exploration of what creates our sense of identity, and how that can shift over one’s life. Soft feminine figures float through her work, encompassing abstraction, texture, vulnerability, and mystique. She layers pops of color and shape to explore themes of passing time, and to contemplate hidden meanings in the lore of her ancestors. Each piece has a story to tell —  historical legends, lessons and ghost stories of the floating world era, reimagined through the lens of the digital age.”

Visit https://www.mayafuji.com/ for more information.

Photo Credit: anoushka

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