Dorota Matys

For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to the beauty and mystery of the natural world. As a child growing up in Poland, I went to the woods to explore, gather, and learn. I would pick mushrooms with my grandmother and collected pebbles, moss, and pinecones. It was the beginning of my journey, experiencing nature.

 Today I am still on a quest to better understand the world and to capture, collect, and appreciate all the different things that make it beautiful. In my work I aim to communicate the visual beauty of the natural world by highlighting the complexities and surprising elements I encounter on my travels and explorations.

 When I start with an empty canvas, I fill the blank spaces with coats of paint. I then return to my work, completely cover the first draft with new layers. Again, I come back and smear off the accumulated paint and glaze to reveal the elements of previous brush strokes and buried colors to create an entirely new image, built from the foundations of the first drafts. I’m constantly searching for a finished product that best reflects the feeling that arose when I first saw what inspired me. Through the process of layering, I create a new reality that is shaped by imagination, emotion, and memory.


Dorota Matys was raised in a small town of Kety near Cracow, Poland. Her passion for beauty, nature, art, and design led her to apply to the School of Fine Art in Bielsko-Biala. She would then continue her education in the United States, studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. While at MICA her studies focused on painting, fiber arts, textile design, and sculpture. Upon graduating with a BFA in Fine Arts, Dorota relocated to Connecticut where she worked as a freelance artist. Aside from creating fine art, organizing art shows and designing, Dorota regularly creates commissions and decorative designs for private clients, decorators, and architects.