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San José Mineta - Uma Kelkar

"San José Mineta" is a watercolor painting by San Jose based artist, Uma Kelkar. This painting was captured during Uma’s commute to work on Highway 87 near the airport. Just as she was approaching, she happened to look out of her window and caught a glimpse of this scene. Inspired by the beauty of the area she began conducting experiments where she would paint from memory, she playfully refers to this trick as retina burn.


This painting comes with a custom contemporary white wood frame, archival mat, and low-glare museum glass. 

Artwork Dimensions: 29 3/4"w x 22 1/4"h

Outer Frame Dimensions: 36 3/8"w x 28 7/8h

San José Mineta - Uma Kelkar

  •  Uma is an engineer-artist who has made the Bay Area home since 1999. She is a watercolor painter and urban sketcher who also sketches in ink, gouache, and on the iPad. She has taught at Urban Sketchers International Symposia (2017, 2018, 2019, 2024) and is author of Urban Sketching book for the iPad. She strongly believes in cross-pollination and borrowing ideas from various fields to improve sketching. She has exhibited globally with 35+ awards and shows, taught 45+ workshops, authored 2 books, contributed to 6+ books and led 25+ lectures and demos worldwide. She holds signature memberships from CWA, NWS and CSPWC. As a community builder, she has engaged in local watercolor societies as well as international ones. She led Strategy for International Urban Sketchers as an Executive Board member. When Uma is not teaching or creating art, she is Founder-CEO of, an AI startup that focuses on keeping humans in the creative loop, supercharging them and not replacing them. Before her own startup, she had a 20 year semiconductor design career largely in high-speed communication chips. She holds Master of Science (EE) from Stanford University and Bachelor of Engineering from Pune University, India. You can follow her on Instagram @umapaints. She is also popular for her hashtag, #ipaintlikeanengineer

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