Looking at the positive after a great personal loss is the thread that connects these two award winners together. In 1973, following a road accident, Devadoss’ wife, Mahima Devadoss, was rendered as a quadriplegic. “My cousin was the one who introduced me to her. I would write letters to my cousin with pictures in them. But then when I met Mahima, and had to write to her, I knew my regular paintings would not be enough, so I began to put in the work to make them better. She certainly has led to my development as an artist,” said the artist, who is best known for his realistic ink and pencil work of iconic locations across the state.