Happy New Year!! New month, New Blog Post. This month I want to introduce an amazing artist I’ve met online thru Facebook. Anita is so talented, and her artwork is so inspiring. Let’s get to know Anita V Coolwijk from The Netherlands.
-Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Anita V Coolwijk and I am a mixed media artist who loves to draw /paint realistic portraits also vintage style. Love to bring them to life with different materials, pencils, charcoal, acrylics and adding texture. I also love to paint on canvas. Carving in wood and stone is also one of my favorite things to do. Love to try and learn different new things.
-Where are you originally from?
I am originally from a little town called Druten in The Netherlands. And I live now in a Historical town in the south of The Netherlands called Maastricht, that is surrounded by beautiful nature and very close to the borders with Belgium and Germany.
-How did you start you ART journey?
I started drawing at a very early age until I got married had kids, then divorced. I did not draw a lot that time. I picked up drawing 10 years ago. It did bring a lot of happiness back in my life.
-Do you know what is your Spirit Animal?
I don’t know really; I am a Taurus in the western zodiac (29 April).
-Is there something that you are currently learning to amplify your skills?
I started to create things with Paperclay and air-dry clay it is so much fun to do and I am getting better at it.
-What inspires your work?
Frida Kahlo is my muse; she inspires me she had a hard life (and so did i) and was an example and revolutionary person for many women. Also, life inspires me. Love my life now and I am blessed with the gift of creating beautiful things to show and share with everyone.
-How do you share your artistry with the world? Where can we find out online?
You can find me on Facebook at these links: https://www.facebook.com/anitavcoolwijk (the Instagram link you can find on my Facebook page) http://www.facebook.com/RealAnitart
-Do you do this full time or is it more of hobby?
I am creating almost full time (unfortunately I must work besides my art a few hours a day, to pay my bills) it is more than a hobby it is my life.
-What do you wish to accomplish by sharing what you love to do?
My wish is to inspire other woman /man/child to create or do what they always wanted to do, to inspire them to give them that last push to take that step. And that you can do whatever you want. By creating art to help others who also want to create and to bring happiness in the world by showing and sharing it.
-Please share a beauty routine an older generation passed down to you.
One of the things I got from my mother is: having a big heart, compassion for others and for nature and my children have that too.
-What is the most important thing in your life?
Family and good friends.
-Do you have a personal motto? Or Favorite quote?
“Live the life you dream of; you can do whatever you want.”
-Would you like to refer another person that we could feature in this blog? We love to hear about other amazing people who are sharing their gifts with the world. And share.
I would like to refer so many persons that you could feature in this blog. I would especially refer a great artist and a friend Tahnee Wayne.
Here's some beautiful artwork from Anita.
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