Artist Statement

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be" - Abraham Maslow.

In my case, "must be" covers visual creativity. It is about recording some experiences in the language of painting, photography or whatever art style a particular situation evokes. For me, the art journey is not about the destination but rather about storytelling. I really enjoy the process of giving my own interpretation while creating a collage, painting or a photo story. And sometimes the truth isn’t really important at all but rather what I can make of it. My works are created in the form of a visual translation of what captured my attention. The inspiration can come from nature, other people's experiences or my own, color or shape. When I decide that the works, which should display an exploration of color, texture, line, composition and more, are ready, I share them with the world, hoping that someone, somewhere , who has had similar experiences will enjoy it.



Curriculum Vitae


EXHIBITIONS

2021 "35th Annual Rhode Island Open" Juried Exhibit, Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick, RI

2021 "Poetry & Art"Juried Exhibit, Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI

2021 "Fall Un-themed Show" Juried Exhibit, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Mill Gallery, Pawtucket, RI

2021 "Imagine Water" Juried Exhibit, Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

2021 “Tales and Tails“ Juried Exhibit, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol,RI

2021 "WCFA 2021 Photography & Digital Arts Juried Exhibit", Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick, RI

2021 "A is For..." Juried Exhibit, Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI

2021 "Back to Nature" Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro, MA

2021 "2021 Annual Member Show"Juried Exhibit,Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick, RI 

2021 "Black ‘N White"Juried Exhibit, Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI

2020 "Members’ Exhibition 2020", Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

2020 "34th Annual Rhode Island Open"Juried Exhibit, Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick, RI

2020 "Abstract / Avant-Garde" Juried Exhibit, Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI

2020 "Through the Window" Juried Exhibit, Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick, RI 

2020 "Art of the Ocean State" Juried Exhibit, Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI

2020 "All Photography" Juried Exhibit, Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

2020 "Fur, Feathers, Fins" Juried Exhibit, Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI

2020 "March Into Art" Juried Exhibit, Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI

2020 "Flora and/or Fauna", Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

2019 "Members’ Exhibition 2019", Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

2019 "Members Jury Members Exhibit", Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

2019 "Abstractions" Juried Exhibit, Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

2019 "Les Petites Oeuvres en Été", Spring Bull Gallery & Studio, Newport, RI

2019 "Spring Show", New Hope Art Gallery, Cranston, RI

2019 "Open Your Mind", Annual Spring Open Show, DeBlois Gallery, Middletown, RI

2018 "Members' Exhibition 2018", Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro,MA

2018 "MEMBERS" Jury Members Exhibit, Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

2018 "All Photography" Juried Exhibit, Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

2018 "Strangers in a Strange Land", Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

2018 "Flower Show", Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro, MA

2017 "Faces & Figures" Juried Exhibit, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Mill Gallery, Pawtucket, RI

2017 "WCFA Member Show", Atrium Gallery, Providence, RI

2017 "All You Need Is Love", Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

2017  "I am Rhode Island:The Fabric of Our Community",The University Of Rhode Island, Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, Providence, RI  

2017 "Flower Show", Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro, MA

2016 "Members' Exhibition 2016", Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

2016 "Artists For The Bay", Save The Bay Center's Providence Journal Charitable Foundation Gallery 

2016 "Nature's Gifts" Juried Exhibit, Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick, RI

2016 "The Joy of Art" Members Juried Exhibit, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI

2015 "Artists For The Bay", Save The Bay Center's Providence Journal Charitable Foundation Gallery 

2014 "On The Streets"Juried Exhibit, Warwick Museum of Art, Warwick, RI

2013 "The Fabric of Our Community", The University Of Rhode Island, Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, Providence,RI

2013 "Creative Feminisms: Art, Activism & Everyday Action", The University Of Rhode Island, Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, Providence, RI

2005 "Fall-ing", IMAGO-Gallery of Art and Fine Craft, Warren, RI 

2003 "Holiday Invitational Show", Station 29 Gallery, Newport, RI

2003 "Southern Exposure", Station 29 Gallery, Newport, RI

2002  C.Francis Gallery, Providence,RI

2002 "International Women's Day Festival", Monahassett Mill, Providence,RI

1999 "Contacts", Association of Polish Artists, Gdansk, Poland

1997  Exhibition and Interview for TVP Gdansk,The Sierakowskich Mansion Gallery, Sopot, Poland

1995 The National Art Competition "Ecology'95", Museum of Radom Village, Radom, Poland

1994 "Landscape in Modern Painting"Juried Exhibit, Academy of Fine Art, Krakow , Poland 


AWARDS

2021 - Honorable Mention Award - for "Yellow Flowers" alcohol ink painting, "35th Annual Rhode Island Open" Juried Exhibit, Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick, RI

Jurors - Lois Harada and Karen Harris, Artists Painters/Printmaker

2021 - First Place - for "Sky Road" photograph, "WCFA 2021 Photography & Digital Arts Juried Exhibit",Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick, RI

Juror - David DeMelim, Artist Photographer 

2020 - Third Place - for “Shadows” photograph, “All Photography” Juried Photography Exhibit,Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

Juror -  Lindsay Elgin, Artist Photographer 

2019 -  Honorable Mention Award -  for "Fish" art print, "Abstractions" Juried Exhibit, Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

Juror - Michael Hubert, Artist Painter

2018 - Honorable Mention Award -  for "His Silhouette"  photograph, “All Photography” Juried Photography Exhibit,Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

Juror - Ronald Zincone, Artist Photographer 

 2016  - Award of Excellence - for "For The Joy Of Art" photograph ,"The Joy of Art" 2016 Members  Exhibit, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI

Juror - Carol Strause FitzSimonds, Artist/Printmaker


TELEVISION INTERVIEW

1997 Painting Exhibition and Interview for TVP Gdansk,The Sierakowskich Mansion Gallery, Sopot, Poland


PUBLICATIONS

BAM 2021 Calendar - Bristol Art Museum's first printed calendar featuring members’ selected artwork.

https://www.bristolartmuseum.org/bam-printed-calendar-2021.html                                                                  

The Joy of Art, Bristol Art Museum 2016 MembersExhibit    https://www.blurb.com/b/7037993-2016-members-exhibit-the-joy-of-art-juror-carol-fi


EDUCATION

1994 Academy of Fine Arts, Gdansk,Poland

M.F.A. in Painting






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