NITA Patel, who was born in the UK and is a Dallas native, has been a creative her whole life. Her inspirations are born from travels across the globe as well as her spiritual practices. “My work resembles life’s unknowns we struggle to untangle, where enlightenment is the only way out,” she says.

Patel, whose vast accomp-lishments include showing work in the Louvre Museum and Museo MIIT last October, has two areas of focus: large-format abstract paintings and mixed-media work, where she uses anything from the more typical oils and acrylics on canvas, wood, rice paper and glass to her uniquely clever and masterful utilization of precious materials, such as gold, diamonds, opals and sapphires. Her use of precious materials signifies the ounce of hope that gives us the strength to carry us through the dark moments. Across all of her work, Patel uses bold colors and inspires introspection and creative interpretations.

Her 2020 collection, titled Opalescence, is a series inspired by the opal gemstone. “This collection is near and dear to my heart, as it resembles my affinity for opals and their meaning,” Patel says. “Opals give off a special energy—intensifying emotions and releasing inhibitions, encouraging freedom and independence, stimulating creativity, heightening consciousness, and bringing loyalty and spontaneity.”

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