Warsaw, Poland-born, Boulder, Colorado-based artist Kasia Polkowska recently embarked on a new stained glass mosaic series featuring America's most gorgeous landscapes. Her works highlight everything from the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains to the stunning foliage found during fall in Vermont.
One of her most beautiful pieces was inspired by a a recent trip she took to the Teton Mountains, which she describes in detail, here, “I hiked the Canyon, Paintbrush Loop where the mountain views were spectacular, especially from our back-country campsite in the Northern section of Cascade Canyon near Lake Solitude. Everything was so lush and green, the wild flowers were blossoming everywhere – the blue and yellow ones stood out to me the most but the reds and pinks were equally impressive…We observed the marmots and the picas and even saw an antelope run across the meadow. We fished in the lake, listened to the creek run past our camp as we enjoyed our supper and we slept under the stars. This was one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited and used a variety of views and aspects that I've photographed to design a scene which I hoped would convey all that I loved about it.”
Though the artist takes in all that's around her, the pieces she creates are uniquely her own. “The composition in my mosaic landscape is not based on any particular photo I took,” she states, “but rather a compilation of various impressions of the landscape.”
Her growing landscape series really highlights all there is to love about America's vast landscapes. I especially love how she uses such vibrantly colored stained glass for the sky and trees.