Marijke Nita Fine Art
My name is Marijke Nita de Boer and welcome to my ART website. I am a Wildlife and Pet Portrait Artist, specialising in highly detailed, quality art (paintings/drawings) using a range of different media, including pastel, pencil, graphite and watercolours. All my artwork is painted on fine quality archival papers using animal-free (vegan) products. The objective of my Animal Portraits is to try and capture the character of the animal with the finished product having far more depth and vibrancy than the photo reference.
Over the past 25 years, and through my SCIENCE projects, I have spent an incalculable amount of time staring through binoculars or my camera lenses to study whales, dolphins and seabirds. I longed to draw the animals I studied together with all the details and colours I was able to observe. My artwork became more and more important to me as the years went by simply because it is a very enjoyable creative way of studying the subject in depth, whether it is an animal, insect or flower. I soon found myself being drawn to my artwork on a far more regular basis and consequently my skills improved. Over the years family and friends took a greater interest in my artwork with an increasing amount of requests to draw their beloved pets and/or wildlife and a hobby soon became a way to share this joy with even more people.
I am based both in the Netherlands and the UK. I use all my knowledge and skills from being a marine biologist, photographer and years of working as a naturalist to produce high-quality artwork of fauna, flora and of course people’s much loved pets.
The gallery shows just some of the paintings and commissions I have completed over the past few years and includes a variety of different animals and flowers.
I will be absolutely committed to producing a beautiful painting that you will love and treasure for many years to come. It would be my pleasure to discuss any ideas or questions you may have, so feel free to contact me. I hope you enjoy browsing through my artwork-see the sliders at the top of the pages of this website and also the gallery. I also regularly post new artwork on Instagram and Facebook.
If you would like to commission your own pet/animal portrait please visit the ‘Commissions' section for more information.
'The painting of Pronto is such a lifelike painting. The best compliment came fron another dog, who knew Pronto well. She set for minutes looking up to the painting! I especially think the eyes are so beautiful! Thank you Marijke'. Nieneke
'Because of the wonderful portrait Marijke painted of our dog Gina we commissioned her to also paint our second, and younger dog, Doire. Once again Marijke has astonished us with this beautiful lifelike painting where she seems to have captured the very soul of Doire. We have now put both paintings together on our lounge wall and we enjoy them every day. Thank you again Marijke for these two beautiful paintings which shall immortalise our dear dogs, Gina and Doire'. Jan Frank and Pauline
'Our sweet Polar, a Canadian Elsatian, is no longer with us. We had to put him to sleep. What a difficult time it was. Luckily we did have many photographs. We got the idea to approach Marijke. And the decision to have a painting of Polar suited us very well. Now Polar is with us again, he hangs above our fire place. I can still feel his licks and in my mind I cuddle him. Thank you Marijke!'
'We commissioned Marijke to ‘immortalise’ our beautiful dog Gina and she succeeded! Marijke works as a professional wildlife biologist and this, combined with her detailed drawing approach, resulted in an incredibly lifelike and exact reproduction and made this painting a true piece of art. The painting has a prominent place in our house and has received already many compliments from family and friends. The many hours that Marijke has put into Gina’s painting were invaluable and certainly made the end result worth the money. Hardly a day passes when we do not look at, and enjoy, this beautiful painting of our dear Gina. Thank you Marijke!' Pauline
'Marijke went to work with one of the many pictures we had taken of our puppy, an eight-week-old golden retriever. The result is a beautiful drawing with many, many color nuances. Made with a lot of attention and love that radiates from it. That gives a drawing an extra value compared to the many photos. Meanwhile, our Bowie has grown six months and many kilos. Great to have a little one on the wall from that short period when they are still so small. Thanks Marijke! Beautifully done!' Annemieke
Marijke Nita Fine Art
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