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The experience of a Kimberley cruise from Darwin to Broome is on the bucket list of many retirees and so it was on mine. It was magical and exciting, day after day. My new works are inspired by the Kimberley’s colour of the water and the towering and tumbling rocks, the reflections in that lucid water, the waterfalls, the excitement of being under them, the birds and the crocodiles. It is indeed a vast archaelogical paradise, an unspoilt wilderness, where we left nothing but our footprints, to be washed way by the huge tides. Adventurers and grey nomads have always loved the colourful outback of the Kimberley as well, all the gorgeous gorges along the Gibb River Road, the Bungles, the Ord River and Lake Argyle are some of the favourites. As a couple John and I traversed all these places, weeks at a time, setting up our tent and then John riding his bike whilst I stood before my easel painting ‘en plein air’. Back home I painted larger works in acrylics and oils and now in Encaustic as well. Even now I create new works from my photos of those trips.


This was a new exhibition held at The Shop Gallery , 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe from 7th to 13 September 2023.

One room was filled with very colourful encaustics, the upper room with my favourite trees, I love them for their colourful bark and choreography,

Also paintings of The Heritage Fleet at Rozelle, when I was Artist in Residence. En plein air!


Paintings of The Heritage Fleet, Rozelle, as Artist in Residence


I am an artist with three nationalities that have made up my life experiences – born in Holland, then emigrating with my parents to South Africa and eventually choosing to live in Australia with my husband and three children during l988.

My early studies took place in South Africa, but it was in Australia with its very active art world that I became most prolific in my output and variety  of subject matter, and equally at home with oils, watercolours and acrylics.

Acknowledged as a popular watercolour and mixed media teacher,  I have tutored regular classes for 25 years.

I have accumulated an impressive list of awards and commendations for my work and have been widely exhibited, both in group exhibitions and solo shows.  During 2006 I exhibited internationally with a solo exhibition on the Greek island of Leros.  I have been published with major contributions to art magazines and I was a member of several art societies, including the Royal Art Society  and  the Australian Society of Marine Artists, Castle Hill Art Society and Central Coast Art Society.

I live at Pearl Beach on the Central Coast amidst stunning scenery – my main inspiration.  My studio opens on Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm or by appointment. I welcome commissions, whether portraiture or landscape.

Artwork prices are comparatively affordable and reasonable.

Read more about Marijke on the Dutch Australians At A Glance – (website)


Combined Art Societies The Art of Sydney – 2nd Prize – Watercolour
Wyong Festival of Arts – 1st Prize – Local scene
Soroptimist, Cootamundra – 1st Prize – Open Section
Orange Blossom Festival – 2nd Prize – Members Award
Finalist in Gosford Art Prize
Finalist in Watercolour Institute Annual Exhibition
Wyong Festival of Arts – Local scene – Commended
Gosford Country Show – Oils – 2nd Prize
  As above -Watercolour – Commended
Soroptimist, Cootamundra – Australian Birds 2nd Prize
Dubbo Zoomin Biennial Art Show – Watercolour – 1st Prize
  As above                                     –  Acrylics/Oils – 2nd Prize
  As above-                                    – Best in Show
Mental Health Exhibition – 1st Prize
Solo Exhibition at Erina Art Space – Angophora and Boat Series  -July
Joint Exhibition at Pearl Beach hall – SHOW OFFS – October
Finalist in Gosford Art Prize
Finalist in THE WHO, Regional Gallery, Gosford.
Finalist in Gosford Art Prize
Finalist in Australian Watercolour Institute annual exhibition
Royal Motor Yacht Club – Marine Art Exhibition – Highly Commended
Solo Exhibition at Dural Country Club for Rotary International
Waterford Art Exhibition – 1st Prize – oils and acrylics
International Women’s Day Art Prize, Gosford  – 2nd Prize
Sydney Royal Easter Show – Highly Commended – Landscape
Gosford Regional Gallery – Reconciliation- Non Indigenous Award
Waterford Art Exhibition – Highly Commended – Works on Paper
Norville Art Prize – Finalist
Finalist in Gosford Art Prize
Royal Motor Yacht Club – Marine Art Exhibition – Highly Commended
Wyong Show – Local scene – Commended
CEN – Gosford – Viewers Choice Award
Teaching Watercolour for Gosford Regional Gallery every week
SOLO EXHIBITION at Gosford Regional Gallery – July/August 2006 – ‘GREECE UNBUTTONED’  66 Watercolours on Leros and Lesbos
SHOWOFFS 2 –Shared Exhibition with Pim Sarti SHOWOFFS 2 at the Pearl Beach Community Centre
ARTIST’S PALETTE  MAGAZINE  NO. 50 or 51- Insight article as well as Tutorial
Entered Archibald with a Portrait of Chris Masters
Entered Wynne with painting of Bottle Trees
Entered Doug Moran with portrait of daughter Kim
Teaching Watercolour for Regional Gallery on weekly basis
Inaugural Rotary Umina  Portraiture Award – 2nd PrizeFriends of Gosford Gallery presentation of GREECE UNBUTTONED Talk with the Artist” – August 2007.
Exhibition on the island of Leros, Greece, at Liza’s Gallery – 33 watercolours – SUMMER IN LEROS
Singleton Art Exhibition – Highly Commended – Abstract
Royal Motor Yacht Club, Sydney, Marine Exhibition – Highly Commended
Reconciliation Exhibition, Regional Gallery, Gosford, 1st Prize – painting of Madeline Anderson and her Grandchildren
Finalist in Gosford Art Prize
Patonga Bakehouse Gallery – Solo Exhibition “For Love of Trees
Set up my own website with the help of Ian Butler.
Entered Doug Moran with portrait of Madeleine Anderson
Entered Wynne with Plein air Square
Sydney Royal Easter Show – March 2008 – Highly Commended in Still Life
April 2008 – Exhibited with all the Sydney Royal Easter Show winners at Art Equity Gallery Sydney
PALM HOUSE, Sydney Botanic Gardens –  Solo Exhibition – FOR LOVE OF TREES – April 2008Participated in the Central Coast Artist Open Studio week-end 19th and 20th April 2008
Participated in “ART ON THE BOARDWALK’ North Sydney
Exhibiting artist at the Botanic Gardens Trust Shop April – September 2008.
2008 Reconciliation Prize , Gosford Regional Gallery – Commended.
Finalist in Norville Art Prize  – Murrurundi.
Finalist in Gosford Art Prize, Regional Gallery.
Invited to join Australian Society of Marine Artists.
Organised Group Exhibition FOUR SHOWOFFS at Pearl Beach October 2008
Accepted for Australian Watercolour Institute annual exhibition, Mosman Art Gallery

Highly Commended at Royal Art Society Autumn Exhibition
1st Prize Royal Easter Show – Inaugural Poultry Art
3rd Prize Royal Easter Show – Marine Section
3rd Prize Royal Easter Show – Australian Wild Flowers
Participated “Art on the Boardwalk” North Sydney
1st Prize Gosford Country Show 2009
Finalist in the Gosford Art Prize
CUDGEGONG GALLERY, Gulgong, “Colour my World” Shared Exhibition with Doreen Shaw
‘GREENWAY AT THE PALM HOUSE’ solo Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydn

KILLCARE SLSC “Art by the Sea” – invited artist
ASMA – Parliament House Exhibition
1st Prize – Royal Easter Show – Poultry Art
Waterford Art Exhibition – 1st Prize Watercolour
Exhibiting Members Exhibition, Royal Art Society
Peninsula Village Art Exhibition – guest artist
Participated ART ON THE BOARDWALK, North Sydney
Reconciliation Exhibition, Gosford, June
Finalist in GOSFORD ART PRIZE 2010
Tea Gardens Grange Art Awards – Commended Modern /Contemporary
Singleton Art Prize – Highly Commended – Flowers
SHOWOFFS 2010, Pearl Beach, October long week-end
PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY’S BOTANIC GARDENS “HEARTBEATS OF TREES” – solo exhibition, 9th – 22nd November 2010

Highly Commended – Royal Easter Show – Marine Section
1st Prize – Royal Easter Show – Poultry Art
Three month painting journey through Outback Western Australia, painting 40 canvasses  “en plein air”
TRAIN FRAME- MULLET CREEK – Solo Exhibition  in Gosford Regional Gallery, featuring train journey between Woy Woy and Hawkesbury River Stations  20 August – 18 September 2011.
Friends of Gosford Gallery presentation of TRAIN FRAME “Talk with the Artist” – August 2011.
Australian Artist – 8 page feature on TRAIN FRAME with Step by Step feature on Encaustic Art (August 2011 issue)
PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY’S BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition of SUNBURNT COUNTRY 16 – 29 September 2011, featuring 3-month painting trip.

Australian Artist –
 12 page feature on SUNBURNT COUNTRY with Step by Step feature on Abstracted Art January –
Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids’ Club
“Gallery Across the Road “– Featured guest artist in Joscelyn Maughan and Robin Norling’s Bakehouse Gallery at Patonga
Killcare “Art by the Sea” invited artist Jan 2012
Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery – Emotion and the journey continues”  January 2012 Group Exhibition with the plein-air girls
Entered Wynne with Mundi-Mundi Plains
1st Prize – Royal Easter Show – Poultry Art
ART IN ACTION – Invited as Tutor for Mixed Media
2012 RECONCILIATION Prize , Gosford Regional Gallery
A busy half year with preparations for tutoring at many Art Societies and painting for 2 upcoming major exhibitions.
Organised SHOWOFFS 2012 Exhibition with Pim Sarti at Pearl Beach over October long weekend
PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition ‘THE PAINTED OUTBACK 16- 29 NOVEMBER 2012 featuring 3-month long outback trip.
July –  November 2012 – ARTIST IN RESIDENCE of The Heritage Fleet, Rozelle Bay, painting en plein air, followed by exhibition with 10 other A.I.R.-esses – exhibition to follow during April 2013 on board James Craig, Darling Harbour.
Australian Artist – December 2012 – Step by Step tutorial on painting the Endeavour.
January – TUTOR AT SUMMER ART EXPERIENCE, CANBERRA – 5 multi media adventures in paint.
January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids’ Club
January – GALLERY ACROSS THE ROAD – Featured Guest Artist in Joscelyn Maughan’s Bakehouse Gallery at Patonga.
1st Prize Royal Easter Show – Poultry Art
2nd Prize Royal Easter Show – Australian Flowers
ART IN ACTION – Invited as Tutor for Mixed Media
2013 RECONCILIATION Prize , Gosford Regional Gallery
S.A.L.T. IN THE A.I.R.– Awarded the President’s Medal – as one of 10 women artists of  the Australian Society of Maritime Artists who were Artists in Residence on the Heritage Fleet. Exhibition on board The James Craig, April 2013.
Singleton Art Prize – Contemporary – Commended
PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition, ‘country of my longing’ featuring the outback
January – TUTOR AT SUMMER ART EXPERIENCE, CANBERRA – 5 multi media adventures in paint.
January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids’ Club
APRIL NORFOLK ISLAND  – Tutor for a group of plein air artists
2014 RECONCILIATION PRIZE, Gosford Gallery
PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition ‘POOLS OF DELIGHT’ featuring Pearl Beach and water scapes
Organised SHOWOFFS 2014 Exhibition with Pim Sarti at Pearl Beach over October long weekend
January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids’ Club
2nd Prize Royal Easter Show – Boats
1st Prize RECONCILIATION PRIZE, Gosford Gallery
OUTBACK JOURNEY, 9 weeks camping The Red Centre and East Coast,  painting ‘en plein air’ landscapes
Singleton Art Prize – Highly Commended – Flowers
Exhibition at Patonga’s Bakehouse Gallery – 24/7 BIRDSVILLE
January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids Club
2nd Prize Royal Easter Show – Birds
April 27 to May 16  PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN – 9th solo exhibition  there. AUSTRALIAN JOURNEY featuring works painted en plein air in The Red Centre and  East Coast during 2015.
Horizons at Killcare Art Gallery – Joint exhibition14 April to 5 June 2016
1st Prize RECONCILIATION PRIZE, Gosford Gallery
Organised SHOWOFFS 2016 exhibition with Pim Sarti at Pearl Beach over October long weekend.
January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids Club
May 1 – 18 – PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition AUSTRALIAN GOLD – paintings in retrospective mode – this is my Tenth year at The Palm House
June 2017  GALLERY ACROSS THE ROAD – Featured Guest artist at Joscelyn Maughan’s Gallery Across The Road in Patonga.
January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids Club
April 2 – 20 – PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition WILDLIFE , featuring Australian and African wildlife after a safari trip to South Africa.
Finalist  in Gosford Art Prize 2018
SHOWOFFS 2018, Pearl Beach October long weekend.
Pearl Beach Art Fair, November
Exhibition at Patonga Bakehouse GalleryPLEIN AIR BEACHES
This is the year that my beloved John died suddenly as a result of a bike accident.   My inspiration dried up, but I had an exhibition booked –
April PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY BOTANIC GARDEN -solo exhibition TREE WHISPERING featuring my lifelong love of trees.
APRIL 2020 LAST EXHIBITION at PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY BOTANIC GARDEN, only booked for weddings now.
This solo exhibition CANCELLED BY COVID
1 August to 17 September  FIRE OIL WATER a solo exhibition at WATERLINE GALLERY in RE:PUBLIK Cafe
27 October to 8 November – FIRE WAX OIL WATER at ARO GALLERY, 51a  William Street Darlinghurst, solo exhibition
2021 Worked ‘en plein air’ in the Pearl Beach Arboretum, which was then shown outdoors during November 2021 at The Cottage and Open Area in the Arboretum itself, titled ARBORETUM ofcourse

2022 50th Anniversary of Central Coast Art Society at GOSFORD GALLERY showing my large encaustic, ‘Shimmer.’ March I showed at THE CALYX in the Sydney Botanic Garden. Due to flooding and rain, this was unfortunately a limited exhibition. There were 4 Pearl Beach ART TRAILS during this year. Singleton Art Prize – Commended for Flowers, C.C.A.S. – 1st Prize Flowers

2023 Entered the annual ROYAL EASTER SHOW April. Was awarded 2nd Prize for Figurative. Also entered the WYNNE prize April, then Easter ARTS HUB in the Arboretum Easter Saturday in Pearl Beach. Finally embarked on the Coral Cruise from Darwin to Broome that had been cancelled during Covid and have been painting many new seascapes from photos of that amazing journey, with a view to an exhibition somewhere. Organised a solo exhibition “SURFACE SEDUCTION” at The Shop Gallery during September 2023, showing encaustic work, trees and a selection of Boats painted at The Heritage Fleet earlier.


An ever changing exhibition of tree paintings completed plein air on site in bush land and bays – mostly around the Central Coast,  but also inland Australia. I am passionate about trees and the various roles they play in our lives and in their own habitat.


An ever changing exhibition of oil paintings painted plein air on site in bush land and bays mostly around the central coast.  Paintings are colour co-ordinated, so the possibility exists to group them together in sets of your choice, as shown below.  The squares all measure 53 x 53.


Upon arrival in Australia 30 years ago, I was enchanted by the first birds I encountered in the suburbs of Sydney – Kookaburras, Lorikeets, Galahs and Cockatoos.  They were the subjects of many of my first paintings here.   And still they come! with travels we have met many more along the road. Since then we have come across many snakes, echidnas, and wombats. I also painted our whole safari in South Africa.


From the islands of Leros and Lesbos. All of these works are watercolours, full sheet, half or quarter. They are mostly unframed, as they were hung here in Gosford and then exhibited in Leros.

“This exhibition is the result of several trips to the Greek islands of Leros and Lesbos by the artist.  She has painted Greece with the enthusiasm of a tourist and the insight of a local.  Her vibrant watercolours are based on the people, places and experiences of everyday life as a tourist in greece.”

Tim Braham, Curator, Gosford Regional Gallery


As a respite from realism, I am venturing into abstraction. Impressions are materialised into colour fields. Controlled spontaneity is the essence of my colour and design paintings, creating movement with brush strokes as individual as calligraphy and that retain their impulse, implying texture that is not there, just capturing my own excitement.


As I was a Member of The Australian Society Of Marine Painters, I Was recently invited  With nine other women as ‘Artists In Residence’ on the Heritage Fleet At Rozelle Bay – The Exhibition was shown between decks on The ‘James Craig at Wharf 7, Pyrmont Bay.

I had the honour of being awarded ‘The President’s Medal’ for my painting of  ‘The John Oxley – Full Frontal’ as shown here.

Boats bob about and I capture them in paint before the wind turns them around or before they sail away.  I really paint boats so that I can paint their reflections.

I have just painted my first ’Artist’s Book’  with the International Fleet Review as the theme. Very enjoyable to paint it after sitting in the rain watching it. Cannot do it justice as a photograph.


GREENWAY IS MY NAME and so I have a natural affinity with flowers.  Nature is my inspiration – one look and I’m hooked.  As a keen gardener, I have painted just about everything I have ever grown.   Give artists a bunch of flowers and they’ll drop everything to paint them before they wilt. Poppies and irises are among my favourites.