My name is Jolanta Kędra and I am a Polish-Canadian self-taught painter, photographer and crafter who focuses on simple, cheerful, and pretty. I see creativity as a positive energy that I like sharing with others. Lots of my creations were given away, sold at below the cost or donated to charity auctions or fundraisers. Many of my photographs can be found on free sharing platforms such as Pixabay, Pexels and Paint My Photo.
My painting journey started in 2015 and my photography adventure in 2020, and both go back to my younger days when I wanted, but could not find a way, to be an artist.
I grew up in a small village, south of Cracow, in picturesque foothills of Tatra Mountains. I have always been a bit of a dreamer and as a youngest of five kids, I usually got away with not helping around the small farm as much as my older siblings had to. I filled my days with reading, drawing and wandering around the neighbouring woods and creeks. 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 than it is now. Although Poland was more of a socialist than communist state, it was under Soviet influence and things were rather grim politically and economically. I left my homeland in 1988 and seeked 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. Perhaps, looking for ways to cheer myself up, I bought a cheap charcoal sketching kit. For most 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 could not lay my hands on it. One day, my adult son saw my charcoal doodles and pep talked me into taking them further.
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, took time to have a chat at life events, bought my paintings, photographs or crafts, as well as anyone who has supported me in so many different ways. Love you ALL!
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