About the artist

Malwina Jachimczak studied design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow though she really wanted to either study painting, or goat and sheep breeding. She obeyed the advice given and followed what was deemed to be the wiser and more conventional path though this was short lived as she quickly returned to nature and painting.

Often the starting point of her paintings is colour, so she makes sure that the colours in her paintings have the best light resistance parameters. In earlier periods, she often painted objects, ordinary everyday objects. However, that changed when she moved from the city and into a more rural setting. She sees how little these consumable objects mean and really values the fun the animals in her life give her.

Overwhelmed by the beauty of the natural world 

When I plan a new series of paintings, I often start by simply staring at some photos. I usually open Wikipedia and start my journey into the rabbit hole. I spend hours just looking at beautiful creatures. Sometimes they make me feel overwhelmed. I open more tabs and browse links and photos. Often I come across creatures that are well described and catalogued. I then read information about their habitats, their life cycle, and I come across the most intriguing facts. Sometimes, however, as it happened in this case, I find only a few photos, a brief description, and nothing more. I am confronted with a picture about which I know nothing and cannot say anything. Then I realize that we are generally all stuck in our own bubbles, bubbles that are hard to get out of, yet feel  so natural to us. We describe, research, and share with others only a small part of the world around us. Let this image remind us of how little we still know and how much unexplored beauty is waiting for us.

I like to think of my paintings in series. I create series that are thematically and aesthetically coherent, but I break them down into smaller elements. In this case, I wanted to create a series of paintings that are very delicate, hazy, and full of subtle nuances. I primed the paper with a delicate, unsaturated purple-grey acrylic, against this background my delicate ochre shines. Then I started applying subsequent layers of colour and building relationships between the splashes. This intriguing and serene butterfly painting took me a long time to complete. I didn’t want to rush, I wanted to focus on the nuances. I didn’t want to simplify too much. 

When painting, I use the highest quality art supplies. For example, I pay special attention to the resistance of my materials to sunlight because with such delicate colour variations, each tone matters.  The light fastness of this work is no less than ** (up to 100 years according to ASTM Standard D4303) which guarantees it will be a good investment for you, allowing you to enjoy the artwork in its original quality for years to come.