Darlene Kulig’s paintings are bold and joyous, whimsical and eye-catching. Her work is described as semi-abstracted spirited landscape and each painting is dotted with her signature, effervescent champagne bubbles. Darlene’s artwork focuses on landmarks and landscapes from around the world, each containing her signature style. The paintings featuring her home country, Canada, are reminiscent of a time spent at a lakeside cottage, a hike through an Ontario woodland, the majesty of the mountains in the west, and the beauty of the red sand dunes in the east. They are geometric and semi-abstract, but unmistakeable as the Canadian landscape. Her love of the beauty available in the Canadian landscape is clear. What is especially impressive is that she has developed a unique very personal approach that “feels” Canadian.
Revealing the lifeforce of my subjects
The designer in me loves simple shape and bold colour while the painter in me explores light, rhythm, and personal connection.
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“It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw.” – Emily Carr
The majestic mountains of Canada’s west coast are an artist’s dream. From the awe-inspiring snow caps of the Rocky Mountains to the icy clear turquoise lakes in beautiful Banff National Park, this scenery is a joy to paint. I have been fortunate to have spent time amongst these rugged soaring peaks painting my interpretation, or what I call Spirited Landscapes, of the astonishing beauty that is Canada’s Rocky Mountains.
I spent some time on Prince Edward Island, and its beauty and charm definitely had an effect on me. I was drawn to the wind-sculpted dunes along the coastal bays, the loveliness of the sunset skies, and the allure of the red soil and sand. The farmhouses dotted across the countryside were the perfect subjects to paint.
My style of painting, along with the way I see and use colour, pair perfectly with the gold and jewel-like hues of autumn. I love trying to capture the prism of colour produced by the changing of the leaves in our Ontario woodlands and lakes.
Winter is my favourite season to paint. Living in Canada, I get to paint a lot of it! I love painting the way the snow blankets the ground like its own thick layer of paint, and how it hangs in perfectly-sculpted mounds amongst the trees. Moonlight reflecting off snow and creating night light is a magical experience.
I love Newfoundland and Labrador and I was lucky to spend time in this beautiful province painting and studying the landscape. In this series of paintings, I tried to capture the joyous spirit of the folk who live there and their deep connection to the land.
I am drawn to the architectural charm of old buildings and homes in small towns. It could be a country lane in Scotland, a little pub row in England, an alleyway in Elora, or a view from the bridge in Dorset. I love to try and capture the essence of place and time in these beautiful spots.
Tondo short for rotundo is simply a round painting. Circles are among the oldest of geometric symbols, and commonly represent unity, wholeness, and infinity. Pythagoras called the circle “monad,” the most perfect of creative forms, without beginning or end, without sides or corners.
Night skies and Northern Lights have always held a fascination for me. The vastness, and beauty, and endless possibilities of all that they represent is present in most of my work. There are endless colours to be found in the sky.
I travelled to Vienna in 2013. My puzzles with Pomegranate Publishing, Gustav’s Cat and Outside Vienna, were inspired by works created during this trip.
I am lucky to have travelled both here in Canada and abroad, and I’m always exploring through an artist’s lens. Here, my spirited landscapes meet the European countryside. New vistas and views – same big, beautiful sky.
Canoes on small lakes, tugboats heading inland to oceanside towns, or sailboats out for a leisure tour, I can’t resist the siren call to paint boats on the water.
Year-round views from breathtaking vistas, snowy mountain peaks, and gorgeous lakes and slopes. It’s like painting from the top of the world.
Did you know that stacking small artwork vertically can lengthen the height of a wall? Or a small piece can display beautifully almost anywhere. Tuck it into an alcove for a surprising dash of colour or nestle it amongst your books on a shelf or side table.
I have been visiting Barbados for over 30 years. I love painting the palms and sandy beaches, the breezy homes and buildings, and the beautiful people who call this small island paradise ‘home’.
Original Commissioned Paintings
Capture the spirit of your special place to bring joy and colour to your every day space.
Craig Kulig Memorial Foundation
Darlene's nephew, Craig Kulig, passed away in 2016 at the age of 23 after a brave battle with cancer. When the pandemic hit in 2020, she teamed up with Bring Your Own Mask (BYOM) to feature her artwork on a series of face masks in support of the Foundation Craig's parents established in his name.
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