I was born in Poland in 1958, and since the very beginning I was
trouble for my parents. I didn’t like kindergarten and begged
my mom to let me stay home where I could find more interesting
things to do on my own. I am remembered for running away from
kindergarten even though was it was far from our house. I learned
later from Robert Genn that it was a good indication for becoming
My mother, who was a practical person, sent me to the Technical
High School of Architecture. She always told me, "Do not
try to be an artist if you don't want to starve.” I almost
listened to her and went on to earn a Master’s Degree
in Interior Design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw
in 1983. Then when my two daughters were born in 1983 and 1988,
I stayed home to care for them and rediscovered painting. My
art was soon selling in galleries in Wroclaw, Gliwice, and Rybnik
immigrated to Canada in 1991 and continued painting. I worked
as a background painter for animated films for Studio B Productions,
then for International Rocketship. Among the films were Princess
Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders, and Gary Larson's "Tales
from the Far Side 2.” I also worked as a scenic painter
for the movie industry.
2000 I graduated with a diploma from the British Columbia Institute
of Technology (BCIT) in Computer Aided Programs including AutoCAD,
Photoshop, Illustrator and 3D. A year later, I moved to Port
Moody, where in 2002 and 2007 I had individual exhibitions.
The exhibition in 2002 was inspired by September 11th 2001 and
in 2007 I showed my first series of encaustic paintings, reviving
the ancient technique of painting with molten bees wax. The
results of lending the tint of oil paints with molten wax result
in spectacular paintings.
In 2008, I established the Old Customs House Gallery in Britannia
Beach, where I stay the most of the time. I love to travel and
am fortunate to have the opportunity to paint some of the exotic
places I have visited, but Britannia Beach gives me ample access
to the most inspirational landscape settings. From the beaches
and the bays of Howe Sound, through meadows carpeted with flowers
in the dramatic Pacific Coast mountains, I have endless vistas
to stimulate my soul and imagination.
I am inspired by the world around me and have always had an
eye for beauty. I am seldom without a camera close at hand to
capture the vitality of an instant suspended in time. I experience
a scene in Nature that has really touched me – the atmosphere,
the beauty of light or the tranquility – I want to share
with others what I experience through my painting.
I enjoy exploring different mediums and styles and find it stimulating
to switch back and forth among a variety of tools, sizes and
motifs. One day I might paint an impressionistic image of the
forest with a palette knife. Another day I may choose a small
brush to detail a realistic portrait of a pet, or a large roller
to create an otherworldly metaphysical vision.