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My name is Jolanta Kędra and I am a Polish-Canadian self-taught painter, photographer and crafter.  

Nature is my greatest inspiration.  Luckily, Saskatoon, the city that I live in for over 30 years has beautiful nature trails incorporated in its urban settings and I don't even have to leave the city limits to spend time outdoors. 

I am a colorist and use bright colours more often than monochromatic, dark and pale hues.  I like simple, cheerful, and pretty.  Most of my artwork is in a realistic style but sometimes I do more loose, abstract forms and just play with shapes, brush strokes and colours.  I see creativity as positive energy. Spreading and sharing that energy is my goal.  I have, with true pleasure, given away, sold at below the cost prices or donated to charity auctions many of my creations.  Many of my photographs can be found on free sharing platforms such as Pixabay, Pexels and Paint My Photo. 


My artistic journey started in 2015 as an attempt to fulfill my childhood dream of being a painter.

I was born in  Poland and lived there for the first 27 years of my life. Always a dreamer, the youngest of five, I usually got away with leaving the household chores and helping with the small farm to the older siblings and filled my days with reading and drawing.  One of my elementary school teachers encouraged me to pursue the education in art but... at that time; it was something completely out of my reach.  Poland then was a different country, under the Soviet influence and although Poland was never a true communist state, things were rather grim and the political issues prompted me to leave my homeland in 1988 and seek a new life in Canada.


The everyday life, work and family kept me busy in my younger years and my artist dream resurfaced sometimes as a thought that painting would be my retirement project. However, in 2015, I was not planning to retire, on the contrary, I had to pull all my survival skills to get over a life bump that I stumbled upon.  Perhaps, looking for ways to cheer myself up, I bought a cheap charcoal sketching kit that caught my eye at post Christmas sale. For many people this would mean nothing but for me this charcoal kit took me all the way to my childhood when I was dreaming about such stuff, but due to the many factors, I could not lay my hands on it. One day, my adult son saw my charcoal doodles and pep talked me into taking them further. We encourage and motivate our children to reach for their dreams when they are younger and then we listen to them when we get older.  Well, I did! 

Sharing my creative endeavours with other people boosts my creative energy. I am forever grateful to all of my social media followers, people who emailed me with their positive comments. people who took time to chat with me in person at life events, as well as anyone who has supported me in my artistic journey in so many different ways. 


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It is never too late to start a new show,
 find a different route, give it one more go.
 It is never too late, at the misfortune station,
 hop on the last train and reach the dream destination.
(author unknown translated from Polish by Jola Kedra)                                                                                                                                           
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