Monica Kucharuk portrays the endless variation of Canada’s beauty in her land and seascapes. “I enjoy the peace and solitude and the sense of being in tune with nature I get from painting,” she said, adding the very ambience of her own tranquillity seems to come through in her art. “It’s the colour in nature that inspires me.” Never content with merely recreating on an observed scene or copying a photograph, Monica draws from her heart and mind. Painting from a combination of memory and imagination, she creates a work in abstraction with bold colours and textural effects. Her admiration for artists such as Gerhard Richter, Vasily Kandinsky and Tom Thomson are a constant inspiration for her.
Monica was born in Berlin, Germany, after the war, and spent her early childhood in northern Germany, where she also received her education. In 1957, she and her family immigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto, where she continued her education. She graduated with honours from George Brown College in Toronto in Creative Fashion Design, concentrating mainly on designing, drawing and fashion illustration.
After working in the fashion industry for years, she decided to follow her true passion and enrolled in the Ontario College of Art and Design, majoring in the Fine Arts Program. After graduating from O.C.A.D., she continues to paint nature in abstraction, preferably on location. To capture moments and share them with her viewers is the artist’s highest aim.