Welcome to the MarjoleinART website!!
I am Marjolein Gulinski and I live in Breda which is quite a big city in the south of the Netherlands. Born in 1982, and I have two older brothers, Hans and Jeroen. At the moment I live together with my boyfriend Mike. He really likes my paintings and is a great support to me. Also very supportive are my parents who are very proud of me and think my art is fantastic. I think it is very important to have this support from family and friends to go further in this field. I know for sure they will always be supportive towards me and that is a very fine thought.
I now have my own art studio, it’s color scheme is hot pink!
(Hey! That’s what happens when you can choose your own colors!) It is a very nice room, and it’s no coincidence that my first painting made in my new studio was also hot pink! (Faye)
I am a big bird lover, and grew up with a LoveBird whos name was Japie. He was really a mate of mine and he lived to be 16. When I moved in with Mike I straight away went and bought 1 lovebird of my own, his name is Worksie. (Named after our car – Mini Cooper S Works) Later I also bought another parrot called Feniks.
They are good friends and when I open both cages they always to together in one cage!! That’s so fun!! :)
Outside we have a garden with a pond with Japanese Carps and we also have a pair of goldfish.
I never studied art at school, so I guess you could call me a ‘Self Taught’
artist. I have been drawing fantasy art now for about 7 years, and this has been a favorite pastime of mine while I was growing up. Things that didn’t exist really appealed to me and I found them fascinating! I really enjoyed movies like Labyrinth, The Neverending Story and Back to the Future. When I was younger, and still now, my whole life revolved around Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Later there were more Disney films that really made an impression on me but The Little Mermaid was always my favorite and will always have a special place in my heart. I loved drawing Ariel and drew her so much that I became very good at it!
After this I started marketing myself on the internet and I found many sites about fantasy and fairies and elves. I studied the pictures and learnt a lot from them, and finally began drawing them myself. In the beginning I traced pictures to really get my head around this type of art. I would copy pictures very precisely so as to learn about the colors and how to mix them so that they would be the same as the picture I was copying. I found that in doing this I learnt the most about mixing colors and really got to know my paints this way.
I remember when I started out I wanted to copy a picture I remembered seeing in a children’s book I used to read of a beautiful girl surrounded by flowers, but no matter how hard I tried the face never turned out right. My mother told me that drawing the face would always be the hardest part and so I practiced drawing faces over and over again. I really give a lot of worth to a ‘perfect’ face, and if the face isn’t good enough then I begin again. When I don’t find a face good enough other people do and they ask me what is wrong with it, so I answer them “She doesn’t look at me kindly enough!”
After tracing for a while, I began to create my own pictures, and realised just how difficult it really is. The traced pictures looked a lot better than my own creations, I went from copying perfection to starting anew! I thought many times that nothing would ever come of my own drawings! To bridge the gap of tracing to total original work, I cut out pictures of models in magazines and copied their faces or poses, and then added my own fairy elements. I also used a few elements from artists such as Amy Brown and Stephanie Law, but slowly I began to develop my own fairy elements and colour techniques.
I love drawing fantasy art because I feel that the idea is so happy and uplifting that it can bring light into anyone's world.
And everytime I create a new piece of artwork, I am able to put a piece of myself into the art, making it my own style! I am often told by people that they can see me in my works.
Having my paintings sold all over the world has been my lifelong dream and already it's coming true.
Besides the art I love the MINI Cooper S my boyfriend and I have. That is one of my hobbies. We are with a club with all New MINI’s and that is very cool.
I love to drive in it, that’s the best feeling in the world
I also love to watch movies, and go to the cinema … with the MINI of course, haha
Enjoy looking further through my site and I hope that you will come back again soon!!!
I hope you will enjoy my paintings and drawings as much as I enjoyed making them.
Many Magical Greetings