Marta is a portrait artist and works mostly with graphite and coloured pencils.
In her realistic graphite portraits Marta does not only try to convey the physical resemblence of her subjects, but aims especially at pure emotions and delicacy.
Her works in colour are much more playful, often with a touch of magic and fantasy.
The most important themes in Marta's non-commissioned drawings are the magic of childhood, motherhood, innocence and the loss of all these things.
Marta was born in 1977 in Krakow, Poland. Growing up in a grey communistic country had a great influence on her. She constantly looked for colours and magic. Both she found in her children's books and old Disney films. She remembers very clearly her fascination with the illustrations of Polish artist Jan Marcin Szancer and with Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" - the eerie colours, the play between light and shadows, the magic world you can create with colours. She wanted to convey all this in her own drawings. However, she decided to take up art seriously only in 2014, after the loss of her stillborn daughter Emma. Art helped Marta deal with her emotions and communicate them with the others.
Between 2015 and 2017 Marta worked closely with artist and instructor Cindy Wider of drawpj.com who became Marta's personal mentor. During that period Marta learned not only the technical aspects of drawing, but also how important art can be and how much you can say with just a couple of lines. During her time with Cindy, Marta developed her own style as well.
According to Cindy, "Marta has the ability to capture deep emotion in her subject. Her work is honest and raw. She creates imagery from the stirrings within her soul and obviously connects with each and every subject she draws. Marta has a definite and unique stylisation which is recognisable by her unusual mark-making. She uses a series of delicately combined colours applied with expressive, confident hatching strokes while maintaining consistent control throughout the entire process. Nothing is over-worked, too obviously controlled or forced. Her work is sensitive, has energy and grace. It's very beautiful. Marta is a true artist and uses art as a language when words are not enough."
Originally from Krakow, Poland, Marta lives and works in Delft, the Netherlands.
While not drawing, Marta spends a lot of time with her two sons, watches lots of old films with her husband, reads a lot and listens to melancholic music. That all gives Marta even more inspiration for her drawings.
All works of art on this site are created by Marta Oliehoek-Samitowska.
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