From there she was sent to Paris to learn the techniques of impressionist master painters. Mariola received her Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Cracow in 1986 and went on to further study at acclaimed academies in New York, Nigeria and the University of California, Irvine. Mariola then received her second degree in "Graphic Design and Visual Communication" from the University of California, Irvine. Mariola’s host of artistic talents include, an amazing ability to create oil paintings and copies of renaissance “classics”. This is done with such precise detail, that only trained experts can detect the subtle differences between her work and the originals.

 

        In the Jubilee Year 2000, Mariola traveled with her family on a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint Padre Pio, at the Basilica San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy. Inspired by that visit, she painted a portrait of the saint and has since dedicated the past fourteen years to creating original works depicting portraits of the saints. This talented artist has participated in several well-known and highly acclaimed European exhibits, including Krakow’s “Sanctuary of Divine Mercy,” where artists from around the world display their work; also the exhibition “Sacred Art” held annually in Grand Sasso, Italy. Her work was exhibited at the famous “Ancora Milan” and others as well.

 

       Mariola, works from her studio located in Costa Mesa, California where she lives with her husband. Each summer she travels abroad to continue working and studying throughout Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Czech and Poland where she has produced a special exhibit: The Gallery of the Saints.  Mariola's work to date comprises nearly seven hundred drawings and paintings. The late Blessed Pope John Paul II, has four of her original drawings at The Vatican in Rome and has publicly recognized her as “The exceptional artist of the saints.”

              ariola Bronislawa Katarzyna Kasprzak Paini, was born in Bytom, Poland. Her father discovered her exceptional talent when she was yet a small child.  He encouraged this talent throughout her youth by sending her to some of the finest Art Colleges in Europe. Mariola studied drawing, painting and various other techniques under the direction of such masters as Jerzy Duda-Gracz, the acclaimed sculptor Boleslaw Chromy, and other such notable artists. Mariola was honored by being selected for a very intensive program to further her studies, taking her to Florence and Venice. There, Mariola was trained in the fine skills of the Renaissance masters.