Hi! My name is Jolanta Kędra.  I am a Polish-Canadian self-taught artist.  I left my birth country at the age of 27 while Poland was still under the communist government and found a new home in a beautiful city of Saskatoon where I live now.

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.  The everyday life, work, family kept me busy in my younger years until l came across a nice charcoal sketching kit and something compelled me to buy it.  Yes, I used to say that learning how to paint would be my retirement project but in 2015 I was not planning to retire yet. One day, my adult son saw my doodles and encouraged me to take them further and I did follow his advice.  Funny, how we encourage our children when they are younger and how they influence us when we get older.

Learning how to paint is a never ending story.  Any new art work I create 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 in my painting journey I don't want to limit myself to one medium, one style, one subject or one color scheme; I like to try it all and push myself to the limits. One thing that is consisent in my works is the love of vivid color and light.

A daytime job and a few other commitments limit my painting time, but it is a fair trade off for affording to paint. The professional quality art supplies I prefer to use are not exactly hobby artist's budget friendly. 

Getting positive response to my artwork from other people boosts my creative energy.  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 collectors who bought my art.


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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 Kędra)                                                                                                                                           

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