Kaija studied at Kingston College of Art and is a member of the of the Society of Women Artists. She was until recently on the Council and Selection Committee of the SWA.
Her paintings are in collections in America, Australia and Europe
Kaija's primary interest is in the play of colours, shapes and textures and their relationship to each other. The painting is an end in itself and the subject matter is of secondary importance.
Interpretation of Kaija's very individual paintings is subjective. It is the balance of composition, colour, line and tone that drives Kaija in the development of her work and is more important than the starting point . This very personal approach culminates in atmospheric paintings of intriguing forms in subtle hues contrasted by touches of bright colour which make the works sing.
Past and present Exhibitions and Galleries
- Society of Women Artists annual exhibit ion Mall Galleries, London
- Royal Institute of Oil Painters annual exhibit ion Mall Galleries London
- Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London
- Avery Contemporary Art, Cranbrook, Kent
- Red Leaf Gallery Tunbridge Wells, Kent
- West End House Gallery, Smarden, Kent
- Cork street Open Exhibition, London
About this collection of work Kaija says:
In my paintings I try to investigate different shapes, patterns and marks, and of primary interest is the play of colours and tones and their relationship to each other.
Although I may start a painting using familiar objects, often imagined, as the work progresses, those items become less and less important, and the painting itself takes over and dictates what is needed. Sometimes I start from a sketch, and that could have originated from a previous painting or idea, or from a small part of a painting that I then extrapolate. Often though, I will just start by putting on blocks of colour and then see where it takes me, adding and subtracting and making visual adjustments throughout.
The painting becomes an end in itself and the subject matter is of secondary importance. This often means that I will use different and diverse perspectives on the same plane, if I feel this is necessary to the integrity of the painting.
Ultimately, the most important element for me is balance.