Meena Matocha is a visual artist exploring the space between grief and joy, the place where heaven and earth converge. Meditation, Scripture and contemplation play large parts in her creative process. Her current body of work combines her love of the portrait and figure with the dramatic expression of abstraction. Matocha’s curiosity about how material contributes to the meaning and emotion of an art work has caused her to explore the use of charcoal as a prominent medium, the ash symbolizing humanity’s finitude. Meena was born to Indian immigrant parents in 1977 in the suburbs of Austin, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, focus on painting and drawing from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. After a long break during which time she lived overseas serving with a non-profit organization, Meena returned to her native home of Central Texas where she lives with her husband and six year old son, and now makes art full time.