Taking Time to Smell the Roses

Tahitian Terrace Artist Shares Work in Library Exhibition

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Palisadians may recognize the name Krishna Thangavelu from her involvement in issues that affect the local community, including crime and fire safety.

“I keep a very active conversation with [PPCC President] George Wolfberg,” the Tahitian Terrace resident explained to the Palisadian-Post. “I try to be a responsible citizen, and I speak up on things that are important.”

But, less than two years ago, Thangavelu—who shared that she was named after the baby God Krishna, known for his power and his playfulness—shifted some of her focus to a new venture: art. All of her work is inspired by the beauty of the Palisades and views of the Pacific Ocean.

“I’m a self-taught artist,” Thangavelu shared. “I began painting just about a year-and-a-half ago.”

Thangavelu expressed that her art is designed to co-create beauty with the play of Gods—that her pieces will serve as talismans of grace and bring beauty into the lives of those who encounter them. 

When she is not creating paintings, Thangavelu works in corporate America—her LinkedIn bio includes leadership coach, career development/transition expert and corporate social responsibility advocate. She most recently worked as director of career development in the Milken Scholars Program at Milken Institute.

Despite living in the Palisades for 10 years, it was only a couple of years ago when her life slowed down, and she finally noticed the sunrises and sunsets.

“I was working too hard to even take the time to smell the roses,” Thangavelu said. “So now, my life has sort of transformed in my 50s to a really deep appreciation of beauty and the moment.”

And now, ready to share her work with her community, a selection of the artist’s work, “Oceanscapes,” is on display at Palisades Branch Library in the Community Room through the Pacific Palisades Art Association.

Most of the pieces have been created in the past 12 months, with a focus on the beauty of the ocean, with sunrises, sunsets, moonrises and moonsets.

Thangavelu explained that she was excited that her first exhibition is at the library because she has spent her “life with books and libraries.”

“I’m so grateful for the services our public libraries offer,” Thangavelu added. “They’re written into my will.”

The opening reception, which took place on Saturday, February 2, featured a performance by classical music guitarist Xano Milano. A selection of refreshments were also served.

“My heart and soul really calls to and vibrates in the beauty we find in everyday life,” Thangavelu shared. “I want to hold up a mirror to the community to say, ‘How lucky are we to live here?’”

Thangavelu’s work will be on display through February 22. For more information, visit krishnafineart.com.