We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Kamila Kowalke. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Kamila below.
Alright, Kamila thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. Do you think your parents have had a meaningful impact on you and your journey?
My parents were born in Poland during WW2 in a poverty-stricken country under the communist regime. The priorities of Polish people from that era were that of survival and nothing else. In fact, my dad even told me that his goal was to raise his kids to survive… Things like happiness, joy and having fun were a secondary objective… Fast forward a couple of decades. When I was twenty, I left for the United States and had it not be for my mom, I could still be in Poland today.
She instilled in me the qualities of persistence and perseverance and she inspired a sense of me believing that I could accomplish anything in life. She was one of a few people who reinforced the fact that I had multiple talents with which to choose from for my career path. Her words of wisdom and unconditional love have shaped my entire life… eventually allowing me to have the courage to be an artist… and leave my career in technology and the financial industry.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
As a young child of Communist Poland in the early 80’s, I had to find beauty and peace where it often did not exist. As I gaze upon my life today, the challenges of being raised in that part of the world in a difficult and different generation began my search for the beauty in all things art.
In high school I entertained the idea of studying art in college but given the fact that communism was on the verge of collapsing and making money was in vogue, I turned towards studying management and industrial engineering which led me to career in Information Technology and later in Finance after I immigrated to the US.
Over the next several years I engrossed myself in my career and only painted sporadically when I needed to add color to my surroundings to bring my own house to life. After many years I had an epiphany that what was once a great adventure and the embodiment of high-octane energy, trying to conquer the corporate world evolved into days filled with exhaustion and isolation, disconnect from my femininity and my creative side.
My coaches at that time, suggested that I find an activity that did not have an objective or goal but involved something peaceful, beautiful, relaxing… and this is how I started painting again… and the rest is history…
Today I am able to lose myself in my paintings and create a world as I see it. One of joy and laughter and humility and appreciation that I am a part of this amazing universe and all it has to offer. That is the world I hope to share with others… both those who already see it this way and those who are craving this world as they are living in a world of stress and pressure but know intuitively that there is a different way of living. My mission is to bring that beautiful world of effortless flow and ease to them through my art.
Is there mission driving your creative journey?
My mission is to bring peace, calm, joy and love to people’s lives through my art. A painting is an ultimate transformation of energy from the energy of the artist to the energy felt by people who see it and interact with it. It is not just an assemble of paint and canvas that constitute the physical aspects of it. That energy comes to life from the formless energy of the artist… and the energy I want to bring to others is that of peace, calm, joy, love, passion … the feeling of being fully alive and happy.
We see art in homes and offices, restaurants, schools, universities and other public spaces… places where we all spend our time. Its presence improves the quality of our everyday life… from the interior design perspective, even a small piece makes a difference to the way in which we perceive our surroundings, it adds color and texture and creates a focal point of interest in the room. But most importantly, our choice of art reflects our values and tastes and conveys our life philosophy – what is important to us, what we value, what we relate to… art goes beyond the tangible object to connect people, to bring light and enjoyment into life and to stimulate our emotions and our experience. By creating art that elicits certain emotions, my mission is to help people experience a better and happier lives.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
Art touches people regardless of their culture and language because its message is universal… it is all about feelings. For me, the most rewarding aspect of being an artist is being able to share this universal message of beauty of life and to inspire others to find peace, calm, joy and love and happiness which resides in us, regardless of our life circumstances. Positive and uplifting imagery influences the quality of people’s lives. Being an artist allows me to touch others at a very personal level and be a part of their life experience… enhancing their life through the energy being carried through the art I create.
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