Embark on an artistic journey with the enigmatic Marittie De Villiers as we explore her world of self-expression and authenticity through the medium of painting.
In this personal interview, Marittie shares her unique perspective on art, discussing her motivations, influences, and the creative process that drives her. Her commitment to being true to herself and embracing the joy of creation is both inspiring and thought-provoking.
Join us as we delve into the intriguing mind of this remarkable artist.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into art.
I grew up in Potchefstroom but always felt somewhat out of place. I pursued a degree in BA Communication with a focus on Statistics and Philosophy, working at a local newspaper along the way. Life led me to Cape Town, where I embarked on a Yacht adventure in 1999 with the father of my kids. After this journey, in 2004, I found myself back in Cape Town, seized by an urge to paint. It wasn’t a calculated decision to make a living from it; it simply came from within.
How would you describe the art you love creating?
My art is a reflection of life, a way to convey the authenticity of the self. I don’t follow any rigid patterns derived from business models. I’m not driven by the pursuit of money, recognition, or ego satisfaction. For me, it’s about being myself, living life authentically, without chasing external rewards. The joy I find in creating is enough, and I believe that being myself is my way of making a meaningful contribution to the world.
What influences your artistic vision and style?
I’m drawn to artists who can convey more with less work and those who operate beyond the confines of fear, embracing their true selves. My style embraces simplicity, particularly in the use of color. The goal is to make life simpler through my art.
Are there any present-day artists whose creations resonate with you?
I draw inspiration from within myself rather than seeking it from contemporary artists. I believe that the most authentic expression comes from one’s own source.
Among the various materials you engage with, what do you find most fulfilling to work with?
My preferred tools include the palette knife, ample paint, large canvases, and oils. I work quickly and require space because I don’t want to wait for the oils to dry. I always have a multitude of ideas flowing in my mind.
Can you walk us through your artistic process, from idea to finished artwork?
My process is unconventional and intuitive. There’s no specific logic; it’s more about the feeling. I typically start with a large canvas, driven by a sense of color and an internal need to express something significant.
What are your current creative endeavors and projects?
I’ve returned to my beloved Cape Town after 25 years, and I’m finding inspiration in both painting and playing the piano. Loving myself more has opened the gate to creative ideas, and my mind is filled with wonderful concepts.