Something a little different today. We are sharing a Q & A Artist Profile Marleen Kuiper.
Artist Profile Marleen Kuiper
Marleen Kuiper is a talented and prolific digital artist known for her use of white space, color and artsy focal images. She loves creating unique art using Anna Aspnes Designs.
Marleen is a married mother to 3 daughters and grand-mother to 8 grand-children and is from the Netherlands the Netherlands.
Big thanks to Marleen for allowing me to share her artistry.
How would you describe your work’s connection with your story?
I had a very creative Dad. His paintings are absolutely amazing, and he plays both the piano and violin. My Dad gave me the desire and encouragement to create. He was portrait and landscape painter but I tend to lean toward abstract art. I was only 24 years old when he died and I miss him very much. The art I create continues to connect us.
Something that inspires you outside of your art?
The birth of a child inspires me very much. I find the entrance of a child into this world such a great and beautiful miracle. I am inspired when I hold a newborn child in my arms. It amazes me that something so precious can provide such far-reaching possibility and creative energy.
How do you challenge yourself?
A special event such as Christmas, the first snow, the smell of Spring or the arrival of new grandchild creates happiness and gratitude. It is always my aim to transpose this energy into my digital artistry and challenge myself to capture those powerful emotions and energy.
What are your favorite themes or subjects to pursue in your work?
I do not have favorite themes but the ballerina provides a great muse. I can be inspired by a meaningful image or even something that I see outside my window. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Artsy digital scrapbooking with personal photos of my life at home or images of my grandchildren is not really where my interest lied, but I love to edit my family photos in the Adobe Photoshop work space.
What has been the best advice given to you as an artist?
“When you create something, you must learn to give it time.” is a piece of advice I have never forgotten and it carries through all my digital artistry. I have worked with soap stone in the past and this is a field in which you must practice the art of patience. Making art is not how many you can create in one day and you cannot attach a time-line to it’s creation. If my digital art does not meet my expectations then I start from the beginning. I’m often indecisive and a perfectionist, which is not always easy, but it’s a big part of the journey and process of self-discovery.
You can see more work by artist profile Marleen Kuiper in her extensive gallery.
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