Featured Artist Aruna Rao

Enjoy the work of Florida impressionist oil painter Aruna Rao, who presents a portfolio of landscapes created in a sunshine state of mind. Visit her website to see more.


oil painting of boats at sunset #oilpainting #floridaartist #oceanscene

“Sunset Theater” oil, 16″ x 20″


As a young girl growing up in India, I always found myself drawn to the vibrant colors in the fabrics and designs that surrounded me. I also took pleasure in reading and drawing in my spare time. However, it was the books on French impressionist paintings that my mother shared with me that profoundly influenced and ignited my passion for painting.


oil painting of a Florida beach #beachpainting #oceanfront

“Bay Breezes Over Sand Dunes” oil, 10″ x 20″


I consider myself fortunate to have discovered and pursued my artistic interests later in life. Upon graduating from an MFA program in 2018, I committed myself to becoming a full-time professional artist.


Oil painting of a boat on a shimmering Florida bay #boatingart #coastalart

“Sunshine State of Mind” oil, 18″ x 24″


Influenced by the impressionists, I am particularly fascinated by capturing the beauty of light in landscapes. I love how it can transform the ordinary into something mysterious and enchanting.


oil painting of a Florida sunset striking boat-filled waters #oilpainting #sunset

“A Glorious Moment” oil, 10″ x 20″


Residing in Florida, I naturally draw inspiration from its sunny beaches and stunning sunsets. Lately, I’ve been exploring its lush tropical scenery, flora, and fauna.


Sunlit oil painting of a peaceful Florida landscape #oilpainting #landscapepainting

“Fifty Shades of Green” oil, 12″ x 16″


To sum it up, I most enjoy immersing myself in and portraying surroundings that exude happy, comforting, and sometimes contemplative vibes.


#oceanart #beachpainting #floridacoast

“Golden Euphoria” oil, 18″ x 24″


I delight in depicting everyday scenes and simple moments in a striking and universally relatable manner. Whether it’s a patch of sunlight creating intriguing patterns in the garden, a surfer framed by the shimmering waters of the Atlantic, or boats silhouetted against the rosy glow of the setting sun.


oil painting of traditional Florida architecture #oilpainting #tropicallandscape

“Old Florida Hues” oil, 12″ x 12″


It may even be a particular slant of light hitting the facade of a building. I believe beauty surrounds us in all aspects of life, often in the most unexpected places.


oil painting of a Florida beach at sunset #tropicalart #sunsetpainting

“Remembrance” oil, 20″ x 24″


I find that the most thrilling aspect of painting is the ability to observe, create, and present something beautiful and unique for the viewer to enjoy. This is an ongoing journey of discovery, and application. I look forward to continuing to grow my artistic potential.


artist in studio #artistinstudio

Artist Aruna Rao in her studio


Currently, my work is represented by the Lost Art Gallery in St. Augustine, Florida, and Mary Martin Galleries in Charleston, South Carolina.


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  1. These are excellent. Fifty Shades of Green is my favorite.

  2. Aruna,
    great landscapes. Bay Breezes over Sandunes is great.

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