Poonam Khanna is an emerging Toronto-based artist working primarily in acrylic. She likes to paint scenes of everyday life, but from a new perspective and is fascinated by the effect rain can have on a landscape, especially when seen through glass. The rain blurs the lines between objects, and many things start melting into one another. Reflections on the glass also become a part of the landscape. And sometimes the raindrops contain their own mini landscape, transforming how we see.
When it rains, Poonam often heads out to take pictures through glass — car windows, bus shelters and even a piece of glass from an old frame. Her paintings rely on soft edges and a vibrant colour ground.
I like to explore the beauty of urban landscapes and find charm in everyday things, including the rain. We often think of rainy days as dreary, but the car and streetlights shinning on the wet pavement, and lights shimmering in the raindrops can be beautiful.