Hi, my name is Ryszarda and I was born in Poland, coming to the United States as a 9 year old. I learned at a young age my love of art was evident, but being poor and having no tools to express it I showed it in simple ways such as making colorful ribbons to tie on my dog.
Later, in this country, drawing and sketching was a favorite pastime along with sewing, knitting, basket weaving; you name it, I tried it. Then I found the love of oil painting 15 years ago.
I mostly reference photos to initiate a painting, never knowing how it will turn out until I’m sure I’ve inspired an emotion and a connection with the viewer. I know I have created art, when someone tells me they love the painting because of how it makes them feel.