About me

I am a pastel painter living in Murfreesboro, TN.  I started painting in oils after growing up in Poland in a household where my parents always collected art. Galleries were always on our agenda during any field trip. So I had the bug in me, but it did not surface until I was in my 50s! I started with portraits of my beloved Mother who passed away without seeing my best work. I knew I had a lot of catching up to do, so I painted whenever and with whatever I could. When I picked up a box of pastels, I knew my life would be different. I loved the bright colors, and that you did not have to wait for the work to dry in order to continue painting. Six years later I had so many paintings I needed my own website and an Etsy shop!

Have a look around. Most of my paintings are scenes from Poland, but ALL of them are subjects I love! Wild and semi-wild landscapes and flowers, animals, people. The latter take the most time and detail. I do not paint them every day. But I am always tempted to capture a landscape I have driven by--paint it from memory, not being bogged by detail, but remembering a streak of intense color in the grass. That one memory--the moment of amazement--will be there when you sit down to paint it--like magic. That's all you need for a painting to have life. Take a peek at the collection--these are my moments of amazement.

I would love to hear your reactions to what you see here. Please feel free to contact me by email at zamoyskiliceum @ outlook.com and look at more paintings at



Welcome and enjoy!

Justyna Kostkowska


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