Enjoy the fresh and beautiful portfolio of artist Marlies Merk Najaka. Please visit her website to see more of her work.
The challenge I create for myself in each painting is to capture the fleeting light as I experience it in the moment. My primary interest is the luminosity in the subject matter and its shadows.
I want to involve the viewer in discovering the color and light the way I perceive it. Watercolor lends itself perfectly to this exploration. By glazing and layering colors I can create a dimensional interpretation of light.
After a long and successful career as an illustrator working for major advertising agencies, magazines and book publishers, I transitioned to a career in fine art. I found this transition to be an easy one as my illustrations were painted with the same sensibility as my fine art paintings.
Never one to pursue a commercial look, I found success in producing work that gave my clients a special identity in their marketing and editorial needs.
In addition to my watercolors I have recently rediscovered my love of oil painting. I paint oil portraits from life in natural light. Capturing the character of the sitter and the ever-changing light makes for an interesting and highly involving experience.
This is a new and exciting challenge for me and continues my artistic evolution. This phase of my life as a painter is especially rewarding and interesting.
I am pleased to be have won awards for my work and to have collectors, architects and interior designers purchasing my paintings.
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