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This is a podcast about drawing on location, with host Nishant Jain. Nishant speaks with other artists and urban-sketchers about the things that motivate them to draw their world, and the different ways that it enhances their lives.

Oct 2, 2020

In this episode, I speak with Silicon Valley engineer and artist Uma Kelkar, about what it means to "paint like an engineer". We speak about Uma's education, growing up middle-class in Pune (India), and the role art has played in her life. Uma uses her art as a way to find emotional contentment while pursuing creative goals. Painting like an engineer is a challenge to balance artistic pursuits with a scientific career, in a way that each informs and influences the other.

Find Uma's work on IG @umapaints or

A transcript for this conversation (with links) can be found at