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 studio space is far from the size I would like it to be; therefore, I am able to work on only one large size painting at a time. Small pieces are perfect to work on when I have to wait for the paint on a big canvas to dry. They also fit my goal of making affordable original artwork for people who look for something different than the retail, mass products and they appreciate the one and the only, unique and handmade, but they not necessarily can spend a fortune on it.
Presently, I am a member of Prairie River Artists painting group, Saskatchewan Wildlife Art Association, CARFAC Saskatchewan and Hues Art Supply Plein Air Painting Club.
My artistic journey started in 2015 with a charcoal sketch set. Below is a bit of where I come from information.
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, family kept me busy in my younger years. 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 charcoal doodles and encouraged me to take them further. We motivate our children when they are younger to go for their dreams and then we listen to them when we get older. Well, I did!
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 paint in one medium, one style, one subject or one colour scheme; I like to try it all and push myself to the limits. One thing that is consistent in my works is the love of vivid colour and light.
I have to admit that getting positive response to my artwork from other people 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 collectors who bought my art.
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