My name is Jolanta Kędra. I am a Polish-Canadian self-taught artist living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
I paint in acrylics, oils and watercolors but I also enjoy other forms of visual arts such as upcycling glass jars, painting rocks, decoupaging and making small craft items. My plein air painting season is short in this climate zone and since my studio is tiny, most of the time I am able to work on only one large size painting. Small pieces are perfect to keep me busy when I have to wait for the paint on a big canvas to dry. They also fit my goal of making affordable original artwork available for people who look for something different than the retail, mass made, all the same products. Luckily, there are many of us out there that feel the need to create or own original, old fashioned, hand made, one and the only.
My artistic journey started in 2015 and it is 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 was buried deep down and only sometimes resurfaced as a thought that learning how to paint 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 I stumbled upon. Perhaps, to help me deal with stress, or realizing that life is too short, I bought myself a charcoal sketching set that caught my eye at a post Christmas sale. I call it a few dollars escape into my childhood when I was dreaming about such stuff but could not get my hands on it. One day, my adult son saw my charcoal doodles and gave me a prep talk to take them further. We encourage and motivate our children to go for their dreams when they are younger and then we listen to them when we get older. Well, I did!
Learning how to paint is a never ending project. There is not one course, one teacher or one technique that an artist can master and would not need any more honing of her skills. Any new painting teaches me something different. I find it fascinating that there can never be exactly the same colours mixed, exactly the same brush strokes repeated even when painting the same thing over and over again. At this point, I don't want to committ myself to one medium, one style, one subject or one colour scheme; I like to try it all and push myself to the limits. What is consistent so far in my works, is the love of vivid colour and light.
I have to admit that getting positive response to my artwork is very important to me. It boosts my creative energy and it quietens my inner critic. I am forever grateful to anyone who has cared to leave likes on this website or my social media, 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. I would like to thank my family and my friends; other more experienced and established artists, and the last but not least, the collectors who bought my art.
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