Born in 1982 in West Virginia, USA Drdha Vrata Gorrick received his early education at home from his mother and later joined the local art college to learn drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Equally inspired by old european master’s work and ISKCON artists he travelled to india and studied traditional Indian arts from masters of various crafts first at Vrindavan and then in South India for five years. In addition to training in drawing, painting, lost-wax casting and clay modeling, he also learnt Kerala mural painting, Tibetan Thangka painting and Orissan pattachitra palm leaf etching. The multifarious skills have helped him master iconography, sculpture, architectural design and management of art projects. Combining religious styles from different parts of India within a Vedic tradition, his devotional art appears in varied soulful forms. Drdha’s main source of inspiration is the timeless art and architecture that he has experienced during his 15 years of study and travels around India. His commissions range from drawings, paintings and sculptures for homes and temples to managing devotional construction projects such as the temple of Parvati at Mayapur, West Bengal where he is currently the project manager for the under construction Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. Drdha also teaches art, and likes to share his knowledge with other enthusiasts through workshops, seminars and hands-on experimentation. The artist lives in Mayapur and works from his studio there.