Basil Cooray paints primarily with watercolors and oil, which he uses to depict Sri Lanka’s rural life in refreshing and innovative ways. With subtle brush strokes, he unravels the aesthetics of the myriad and vibrant ways of being achieving an amazing degree of authenticity. Although Cooray has done oil paintings in the past, he has moved attention to watercolor paintings. Painting with watercolors involves quite a different method than when painting with oil paints. The first step is to draw a sketch. Cooray does this in one of two ways. Cooray says, “you can’t pause and think about what to paint. You have to finish it before the paper dries”. Basil has been trained under artist Douglas Paul and his work adorns the Sri Lankan embassy in South Africa. His art is also displayed at The Hatton National Bank, the President’s House and many discerning private collections in Sri Lanka and the world over. The colors and vibrancy of Sri Lanka through the eyes of Basil Cooray is a rare delight.