Tuulikki means "little wind" in Finnish, derived from the word tuuli, meaning "wind." This was the name of a Finnish forest goddess, the daughter of Tapio.

While allowing paint to guide my brush in an unplanned manner can be rewarding, similarly, understanding that my passion to paint as I please is not random. No matter what or how, the destination is a relative moment of closure and of feeling completion. 

This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes varnished and ready to hang. 

- Kayleen Horsma


Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

20" h x 16" w x .75" d
2 lbs. 9 oz.



Kayleen Horsma
Menahga, Minnesota

Getting to Know Kayleen

There is a quintessential quality to the women in Kayleen Horsma’s paintings, reflected in the rosy cheeks and full lips. The soft, caricature like features are reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting; yet a tension exists in their direct gazes. Looking out at the viewer, their eyes project something a bit standoffish or dubious. The subjects’ unusual body language, a raised shoulder or cocked head, exudes a sense of uneasiness. They seem to be longing for something that may be out of reach, perhaps a life unlived, or a desire for change. Kayleen is able to render her characters with an expression that ignites empathy in the viewer. We are brought into the women’s private spaces and left to wonder who they are. Her use of bright colors provides a Pop Art feel, yet the serious nature of the expressions contrasts with this stylistic choice. This fluidity between sweet and sober imparts a lasting intrigue and keeps us returning to lock eyes with Kayleen’s subjects.