Artist Marta Oliehoek
Born in Krakow, Poland in the 1970s Marta discovered art already at a very young age. Growing up “behind the Iron Curtain” where reality was often grey and grim, she found escape in colours, children’s books and their illustrations and occasional cinema screenings of Disney feature films. Marta had been drawing all her life, but only in 2015 did she decide to pursue art seriously. Since then she has been working closely with her mentor, Cindy Wider (www.drawpj.com).
Marta’s main medium is coloured pencils. It is a perfect tool for an artist-mother, working mostly at a dining table. It is safe, clean, easy to transport and move, and furthermore extremely versatile, suitable for many different styles and techniques. What Marta especially loves is the precision you can achieve with coloured pencils, the vibrancy of the colours, the painterly look achieved through layering and blending of colours and the freshness the drawings evoke.
Marta’s style is realism, but with a touch of fantasy and magic. She loves otherwordly atmosphere, vivid colours and emotional content. As much as she hopes to become the best technician she can, it is the emotions that she want to share with the world.
She has tried many different brands of paper and surfaces, but always comes back to Strathmore Bristol because of its smooth yet solid surface. The paper can take many layers of colouring and blending without losing its quality and smoothness.