I painted a horse with one blind eye to cristalize the contrast between seeing and being blind for what's right in front of us. When life becomes more difficult, people get selfish, only see themselves and get blind for others. In our western world we often see only the tiny little problems as big issues while happiness is right there for the taking and we are blind for people who have the real problems. The message I want to give with this painting is: instead of blaming each other for our problems, be more forgiving, take care of each other, be happy with what you have and appreciate life how it comes, even if it gets difficult sometimes.
Marjo started painting with watercolour at the age of 3 years old in her master and grandfather’s studio, Walter Lebbe, a talented watercolorist. Marjo obtained a master in veterinary Medicine in 2017 and combines her passion for horses in working as an equine veterinarian and as an equine watercolour artist. By now her work is in the collections of numerous international private collectors based in Dubai, United States of America, Australia and Europe.
Marjo believes that art should have a deep connection with spirituality, that color should have a symbolic meaning, and that the act of painting should be both instinctive and uninhibited just like the subjects of her paintings. Nature has been a continuous source of inspiration for the artist, but she admits that horses hold a particular and enduring fascination. In her own words “I inherited my passion for horses from my mom, who put me on a horse when I wasn't yet able to walk.”, she continues “one of the reasons why I paint, is to give my understanding for all the misunderstood animals a place. Another reason why I paint is to connect and communicate with my late grandfather who is still there with me, looking over my shoulder while I paint. I want to paint an emotion, an atmosphere, a connection.”
Marjo expresses the freedom that horses give in her watercolour technique, full of movement and naturalness as it assumes the canvas's own materiality and color as a negative space in her works. The artist consciously accepts randomness and knows that that is an operator of her works. It is in this space that the poetics of randomness and freedom are situated.