Be it a balloon ride in the mountains or a contemplative walk on the beach, many of us feel the urge to wander, to make discoveries, to find places of joy and celebration, comfort and peace. Darlene Kulig is no stranger to wanderlust, traveling the world and making powerful connections through her art. Her painted subjects are seen through an affectionate lens, celebrating memories of both people and place (Beach Walk Pink and Pale Green Sunset Sky was created in honor of her mother—“pink being the color of unconditional love,” as Kulig says.) Kulig refers to her style as semiabstracted spirited landscape. Her stylized art builds on her experience as a graphic designer, and in each new painting she explores light, rhythm, color, and life force. The four images in this notecard set reflect Kulig’s home in Canada and her travels abroad.
About the artist:
Where the rainbow meets the mountains, you’ll find the art of Darlene Kulig (Canadian, b. 1961). Her semi-abstracted spirited landscapes celebrate nature in saturated color. Inspired by the loss of a great friend, oboist Cynthia Steljes, Kulig turned to painting her signature landscapes—joyful, bright, peaceful, and spotted with champagne bubbles that effervesce from the earth. Kulig’s paintings build on decades of experience as a graphic designer. “The designer in me loves simple shape and bold color while the painter in me explores light, rhythm, and personal connection,” she says. She takes numerous photographs when traveling and uses them as a basis for details in her work. Kulig lives in Toronto and is a member of the Etobicoke Art Group and Neilson Park Creative Centre.