was born in 1976 and received her teachers degree in arts in 1997 in Amsterdam and graduated in 1999 from the Royal Art Academy in the Hague.
After several years as an art teacher on various high schools she
decided in 2001, to work as a full time artist to fully concentrate on
her arts, with much success. Kruijt's art is regularly published
in various (inter)national art-magazines, and she writes articles
for dutch art-magazine 'Atelier'.
She's very passionate and totally dedicated to her inspirations: nature and animals.
After her television appearance on an animal television program
'Dierenzo', where she showed her painting skills live, the demand
work is great in The Netherlands. Her work can also be found in collections
in Belgium, England, France, USA, Australia and Sweden.
Iformation about her media-projects and development
in her arts can be found below.
"Even in my childhood, I had a special contact with
animals. Portraying them 'accidentally' came
on my creative path. Now it has become one of my biggest passions within my arts, which I'm lucky to do
My unconditional love and patience for animals (and nature) brought my portraits to another level. In my work I try to capture the uniqueness and essence of every animal.
For me it's important to have an indication of character. Even though I use
photographs. The funny habbits, silly customs of your favorite pet will enrich the
Maybe the cat or dog is naughty, lazy, active, alert, or a
people-lover? Each animallover knows all these expressions of character can be seen in the eyes of the pet:
loyalty, naughty, happy.....as an artist I try to capture that also in the
eyes, not only in the physical attitude. This expression of personality lies deep within the
eyes. Capturing this reflects just that what you just love about your pet."
her landscape paintings:
The English landscape, as seen in
Dartmoor, North-Yorkshire, the French
Jura, ireland and Scotland but also beautiful areas in the Netherlands,
like Drenthe, have been an inspiration for the paintings
shown on this site. The 'natur-al' wisdom is for Marjolein close to her
heart. Celtic music gives sound to this wisdom, to which she listens
during painting, to strengthen this connection. All paintings carry
a symbolic element as a reflection of her spiritual growth. In her
arts this silence meets the vitality/dynamics of nature. Each
painting is a captured moment in which you encounter the soul of the
program 'Spott' on RTL4 of Viola Holt,
theme of her arts was muralmaking.
2003: television program"Dier
enzo!" on RTL4: she made a live portrait of presenter Mike Starinks
2004: catfood brand Gourmet Gold
assigned thirty portraits for the winners of a contest.
2005: television program 'Vernis' on TvWest
South Holland: she talked about her vision on nature and her nature art.
The presenters were given a small workshop in treedrawing.
2006/2007: Cat art manifestation & CATS the musical.
A catpainting made by Marjolein was signed by the cast of musical Cats.
This paintings was succesfully auctioned on stage of the theater in 2007. The
complete profit went to the animal protection society in Amsterdam.
Mural making and portraiture are a big part of her artistic living since 1997. The themes of
landscapes and animals are very close to her own arts, this is why she doesn't experience commissions as much as ' doing something
The diversity of them gives her the opportunity to deepen her knowledge of each subject as well as in the chosen materials and
Due to the diversity of projects coming her way, (big) assignments are usually on hold for a
year. There is a waitinglist
of 2 to 4 months on portraits, depending on size and
technique. In 2007 she was assigned to make a painting for the Sultan
Development in painting:
Shows the paintings made during her graduation, theme "music". She painted while listening to classical music like Saint SaŽns and
Debussy. Without any pre-set designs, she worked directly on canvas, starting out painting abstract, following the movements of the
music. This series is followed by
Celtic music by Loreena McKennitt. It is then, that the landscape introduces "itself" in her arts: connected to the music her work becomes more spatial and
closer by; the world/nature around her. Although she doesn't work on the music series
anymore, music is still very important during the painting process. Most the
music-paintings have been sold.
Lithography graduation paintings
On the Royal Art academy Marjolein dedicated herself to lithography. In her opinion the only graphic technique which is close to
During her graduation she got her inspiration from the park "Zorgvliet" in the
Hague. The result was a series of large stoneprints sized 70x100 cm big
(the stone had the same size) in a series of 25. A couple of these can only be seen
only through this link: litho's. The colour lithographs are more of
orientative nature, using the celtic symbolism and celtic music, in 1998.
The works made after her graduation show the mystic landscapes, excluding the Celtic
symbols. Refining her impressionistic style in oils. She travels
frequently to refill her inspiration, working on location and making lots of photographs as a
backup. Marjolein worked ao. in england/dartmoor, ireland, schotland, the
french jura and britanny/carnac and Costa Rica.
A small series of landscapes inspired by Drenthe, an area in her home country. This area is filled with hunebedden (kind of piled dolmens) and
foggy heath fields.
A series of watercolours and drawings with the theme "trees".
In autumn 2006 a small selection was exhibited in gallery "Kunstzaal van Heijningen"
on Noordeinde in The Hague. Later followed by an exhibition in
the Dartmoor galleries, Devonshire, Engeland.
Specialisation in wildlife art, wild animals in art.
The inspiration of Marjoleins landscapes and animals come together.
Three new collections have been shown in 't Kunsthuis van het Oosten
on the biggest wildlife exhibition in Europe 'Wild in de natuur'.
Followed by wildlifegallery Oog voor natuur in Opheusden and the
NEWA exhibition in England.