Statement Flowers fascinate me. They demand our attention, with their brilliant colors and voluptuous curves. I see flowers personified, each with their own unique personality. A lot of my inspiration comes from my own garden, as many flowers, sharing the same space, some bent over, some stretching out. They entwine themselves around each other in a chaotic beauty of sinuous lines and color.
Biography As a full-time artist and instructor of 12 years, Kulish brings flowers to life in a big way as a semi self-taught artist. Both of her parents were artists, and she states, this is where she “inherited a desire to know more.” Over time she has been included in several regional exhibitions including a solo show in the Des Moines Botanical Garden. Using oil paint, applied in a layered glazing technique, Kulish’s oversized blooms burst with color, revealing the unique personality of each flower. And while vibrant color is a large part of her work, equally so is the use of sinuous lines to create movement, along with the idea of the “beautiful chaos” found in nature. Her inspiration comes largely from her own expanding flower gardens, and the influence of both the floral still-life’s of the Dutch masters, and the light effects found in the works of Caravaggio.
Exhibitions and Commissions 2012 - One person exhibit - Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, IA 2014 - Two person exhibit (with Charles Freitag)- Lowes Art Center Gallery, Marion, IA 2016 - Three person exhibit (with Bruno Randles and Zach Kulish) “Creative Legacies” Lowe Art Center Gallery, Marion, IA 2018 - Multi person exhibit, “Celebration of Iowa Artists” - Pearsons Lake Arts Center, Okoboji, IA 2019 - Multi person exhibit, “Into the Blue” - Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA 2020 - Two person exhibit (with Juliet Stock) - Quad Cities Arts, Davenport, IA