Our Artists

Mariola Koła

“Inspiration is everywhere” says Mariola, “it’s enough to keep one’s eyes wide open and unleash the imagination.”

From the moment she was first able to hold a crayon, Mariola cannot remember a time in her life when she wasn’t drawing or painting. Her pull towards fine arts has been with her since childhood. As a youth, she fell in love with the portraits, landscapes and still lifes of the Dutch Golden Age masters Johannes Vermeer and Pieter Claesz. Later, she developed a passion for Secession style art, or “Art Nouveau”, as manifested in the architecture, paintings and poster art of Central Europe during the late 1800’s – particularly the works of Alphonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt.

“The fluid, wavy lines, the asymmetry, the subtle pastel colors, the floral and abstract ornamentation inspired by nature all resonated with me.”

Mariola’s debut in the painting of glass ornaments began in the early 1980’s; and, while elements of Art Nouveau emerge in much of her work, she describes her style as eclectic – a style for whom traditional motifs are just as important as contemporary ones. Mariola skillfully combines the two creating, original, one-of-a-kind works of art in glass.