Kalpana Soanes grew up sketching pictures in the sand on the shores of East Africa. But this simple existence was short-lived. Her flamboyant style had begun to draw crowds. Naturally, she took commissions. Not for money, just cake, or simply, compliments. She developed her skills every single day, experimented with new techniques and frequently sketched pictures in public. Spurred on by the interest it generated, Kalpana started selling her artwork at a very young age. She liaised with local businesses and soon her work was scattered all over the world. Next, she enjoyed an exciting career in computers, worked and lived in different countries in Europe and abroad for several years. However, something was not right. She missed the good old days. Eventually, her inner artist broke free of corporate serfdom. Now based in a quaint British village, Kalpana Soanes is a full-time artist. Her work involves acrylics and oils on canvas, often accentuated with mixed media.