Artist Feature: Urszula Hajdyla

Gifted local artist Urszula Hajdyla was born and raised in Poland.

Urszula made her move to Canada in 1992 at age 34, with her 11-year-old son. Now at 68 years young, Urszula is a happily retired PSW residing in Guelph. In her retirement she has found the time to continue to pursue her passion for art once again.

Urszula paints people, landscapes, floral, abstracts and still lifes. Self taught, her natural given talent allows her to paint and draw with passion.

“I am a very spiritual person. My natural talent comes from God, though I am always learning and studying to improve.”

Urszula’s sensitivity to the people and environments around her is unique and very apparent. She feels a deep connection to nature and is extremely empathetic to the people around her. Her kindness toward others is palpable and admirable.


Urszula endeavours to transfer her sensitivity and connection to her world onto canvas with every creation.

“Painting is like therapy to me, a positive outlet for emotions.”

Urszulas’ paintings are “Vibrantly alive, realistic and brimming with a sense of devotion to her subject. Her observations of people and their struggles is often expressed in her mysterious abstracts.”

Urszula has been exhibiting her work in Canada since 1993. Her work has been shown at the Guelph Creative Arts Association, “Painting on the Green” – “Expressions”, The Polish Hall in Cambridge, Maclean Hunter Show on television, the Guelph Civic Museum, City Hall in Kitchener and the Guelph Artisan Store. Urszula has participated in “Art on the Street” in downtown Guelph, the Guelph Arts Festival, Barber Gallery and Insights, a Juried Exhibition at Wellington County Museum & Archives in Fergus, ON, and has received many Juror’s Awards in several group exhibits.


Urszula’s paintings have been donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She has volunteered much of her time during her years as a PSW to those suffering from Mental Health disorders, teaching them to see life through colour and texture.   

“Your world is within you. If you send out positivity you will also receive it.”

Urszula has actively pursued and participated in workshops with other well-established artists over the years, and in her retirement would love to attend Guelph University to continue learning new techniques and studying Art.

From 2004-2019, Urszula spearheaded an initiative to bring local artists and her students together in an art show at her home studio, “Art in the Garden”. Recently in May 2024, Urszula was proud to announce the grand opening of her newly built, backyard sun-room Art Studio, The Magical Garden at 26 Western Ave in Guelph. During the weekend of May 25th and 26th, the Studio was opened to the public featuring an exhibition of Urszula’s artwork. Guests had the opportunity to speak with Urszula, purchase her work and learn about potential Art classes and future events. This fall, she also plans on writing a book about her art titled “ Light in the Tunnel “

“I hope you enjoy looking at my art as much as I enjoyed creating it!”

WRITTEN BY: MEGS CONNELL

Author: LivingSpaces

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