We had the good fortune of connecting with Disha Vora and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Disha, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have been creative during my entire childhood and teen years. However, college and corporate work thereafter kind of put my creativity on a hold. I resumed art when I was caring for my newborn in this new country. In a way, this sabbatical from work was a boon for me and helped me rekindle my passion for art, and allowed me to be with my child during the initial tender years.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Different mediums and techniques always fascinate me. I am most proud of the fact that I am a self-taught artist. I am constantly learning and evolving as an artist. Getting to the point where I am today has not been easy and it never is for most people. The fun is in the journey. In my initial days, it would affect me a lot when things didn’t turn out the way I imagined. Also, being in a new country and a different culture intimidated me a lot. It has been a long but fruitful learning curve. I now, push myself back up and try again whenever things go south. I have embraced the fact that failure isn’t the end and success isn’t final either and there is always more to learn and explore. The shapes, design, vibrant colors I use in my paintings reflect my inner realms. My passion is to make art that is uplifting and optimistic. It is my dream to be recognized and loved for the joy I can spread through my art.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
As an artist, I have to say that Sawyer Yards in Houston is my favorite place to hang out. There are so many studios and artists exhibiting their work there. The Heights and Midtown neighborhoods in Houston have the most action and vibe in my opinion. Some of my favorite spots to eat are Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill, Mai’s Kitchen, Kiran’s, The Rustic, Axelrad, Bombay Pizza. The Museum of Natural History and Science is one of my favorite places. Another favorite spot of mine is the Cloud Column in the Museum district which is the remnant of the Chicago Bean. And then there are several beaches in Galveston which is just a mile away from Houston.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my family and friends who have always supported me and continue to do so in my journey.

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