Puzzle - Darlene Kulig: Jelly Bean Hill
Darlene Kulig (Canadian, b. 1961) Jelly Bean Hill, 2018 Who wouldn’t want to visit Jelly Bean Hill? As Darlene Kulig has envisioned it filled with inviting, colorful houses and deep blue waters, the setting presents the perfect opportunity for an uphill stroll. Kulig calls Toronto home but is an avid traveler. This painting was inspired by picturesque houses dotting a hillside in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and it resounds with her signature joyful exploration of light, rhythm, color, and the essence of place. You might have a hard time stepping away from working on this 500-piece puzzle.
Where the rainbow meets the mountains, you’ll find the art of Darlene Kulig (Canadian, b. 1961). Her semi-abstracted spirited landscapes celebrate nature in saturated color. Inspired by the loss of a great friend, oboist Cynthia Steljes, Kulig turned to painting her signature landscapes—joyful, bright, peaceful, and spotted with champagne bubbles that effervesce from the earth. Kulig’s paintings build on decades of experience as a graphic designer. “The designer in me loves simple shape and bold color while the painter in me explores light, rhythm, and personal connection,” she says. She takes numerous photographs when traveling and uses them as a basis for details in her work. Kulig lives in Toronto and is a member of the Etobicoke Art Group and Neilson Park Creative Centre.