Nehal received a bachelor’s degree in Painting from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Art, Baroda in 1999 and a master’s degree in Textile Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 2004. In 2006 she founded and lead(until 2019) a brand of clothing and home textiles. With her background as a visual artist influencing her designs, her label produced bespoke textile products using hand-illustrated and hand-printed techniques with locally sourced natural materials. She has collaborated with architects, spatial designers and textile brands to create artworks and textiles for their specific needs and has exhibited at Maison and Objet, Paris in 2018.
In 2019, Nehaltransitioned to focusing on her textile consultancy and her growing studio art practice, working primarily in the medium of oil painting, watercolour and textiles.Her artworks continue to be commissioned and/or acquired by clients in India and abroad.Her work explores themes of nature, spirituality, memory and co-existence andoften considers a deep engagement with the world around her.The participatory nature of her work, a desire to create a sense of connection and unity through her art, andher use of large-scale works and oils as her primary medium allows for an immersive and embodied approach to her creative process. She uses a process of note-making and of layering botanical, animal and anatomical sketches, whilstadvancing her explorations by intention and preparation. She views her art as a means of inquiry and reflection.