Marit Barentsen – Born at the Seashore – Daughter of Creative Parents – Made in Holland – In Love with Music from the Sixties – Flower Power Girl – Dreamer – Rationalist – Creator – Art Teacher – Poet – Writer – Art Journaler – Artist – Story Teller – Wannabe Mermaid – Blogger – Pedagogue – Mother – Lover – Insecure Little Girl – Wise Old Lady – Free Spirit
I am a passionate art journaler, mixed media artist, art instructor and creative text writer from the Netherlands.
From my mom, who is a writer, I inherited my passion for words and the trait to look at the world with different (‘fairytale’) eyes. My dad, on the other hand, is more the analytic and visual type. He is a great amateur photographer and from him I inherited the ability to not only to look but to really ‘see,’ and how to choose and frame subjects to get the right picture.
The combination of the above almost automatically lead me to become a teacher in art and right from the beginning, my art showed a combination of images and words.
After art school, I went on studying on a more theoretical level. Years later, when I worked as a creative digital designer, I picked up working with ‘the real stuff’ again. It was, however, not until I discovered ‘art journaling’ that my art took a big flight… I re-discovered the combination of words and images in a way that truly combines all the different sides in me.