Young artist on serene journey

Young she may be, but Veranda Bandaranaike is multi-talented and in the short span of her artistic career she has garnered many awards and had her talents well recognised. She is now holding her second exhibition at the American Centre Colombo.

This exhibition takes as its theme the “serenity” of Sri Lankan nature and wild life. Her work uses media such as oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, pen on paper, water colour on paper and pencil on paper.

Opened on September 16 by US ambassador Patricia Butenis, the exhibition is open to the public till October 5.

Veranda studied at Ladies’ College Kegalle and did a two-year course in printing and drawing at the First Art Foundation in Kegalle following it up with another two-year programme on painting and drawing and professional techniques at the Ceylon Society of Arts. She is presently following a degree in Fine Arts.

Recognition of her skills came in 2008 when she won five awards at the Ceylon Society of Arts annual competition, including a gold and silver medals in the ‘compositions ‘ category and a silver for ‘wildlife’. In 2009, she won gold medals at the all-island Art Competition organized to celebrate veteran poet and film producer Mahagamasekera and in the Ridee Siththam art exhibition. She has also designed book covers.

Her first exhibition titled ‘Dawn’ was held at the National Art Gallery last year.

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