Allow me to take you back into my life for just a moment. I was the youngest of three children, raised by a single hard-working mother. We did not have much but we had a good, extremely supportive mother and thus we had it all. Even though I was one of three children, I grew up feeling that my mother loved me the most and that I could do no wrong.
Reality hit me for the first time when I was in Grade 3. My homework project had been to do a painting. I did my first abstract piece of art and took it to school to show the world. My mother had said it was "wonderful" and that now I was truly an artist. However, at school I received a "D- " (a failing grade) because the teacher did not feel I knew my colours. Needless to say I was very upset, I couldn't believe no one else liked my painting. At home, I was still encouraged by my mother who said "My dear, you can be in life whatever you wish to be and soon you will find your IT... What is this IT?"
Early in my teen years, I was fortunate to discover sports and my new dream was to train hard so one day I would represent my country in the Olympics. Well "IT" did not happen, but instead, I discovered another passion... teaching. I followed my new dream and earned a Master's Degree in Physical Education in order to become a teacher.
At 33, I made a decision to look for a new and better life, escaping from my home country, Poland, and living in a refugee camp for a year in Capua - Italy. I left behind my family, my home, part of myself, and part of my soul.
I arrived in Canada in 1989 and found a new and challenging life. During all that time I never lost my passion for art. I saw my life and thoughts spread on a canvas in my mind. Here and there I would challenge my artistic side but I was never confident enough to show it to the world.
Today, encouraged by my family and supportive friends, I have finally found myself at a point in my life where I am painting for only one reason; the "IT" my mother spoke of when I was a child.
Thank you for joining me on my journey, and I hope you enjoy "the colour of my soul" for my thoughts are the canvas of my soul.