Marianne M. Smit (Amsterdam 1947)

Pedagogical Academy, Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Attended special classes with the famous Dutch artist Ploos van Amstel

She studied hypnotherapy, dream work counseling and attended classes with the Foundation Dr.E.Kubler-Ross, Greg Furth and Congruent
Communication at the centre Eyelevel of Riki and Klaas Prins (psychotherapists)

Since 1975

Started as a professional artist and teacher,
Later on as a therapist, counsellor and mediator
Her work is in private and public property in Europe and Australia
Has regular exhibitions in Holland and Europe
Lived and worked for a long time in Italy (Tuscany)
Now Is living and and working in Holland, Zutphen
From time to time she presents workshops and courses in painting and drawing techniques, portrait painting and healing painting
She is working on assignments
Makes portraits

I try to express myself by line, form, language and colour of what is happening in my life.
Following the processes of situations in myself, my environment and vice versa.
I am using different techniques, this is always an adventure.
It is the passion and my curiosity for what is happening in the world around me, that gives me the drive.
Working in an experimental way is important for me.
The last years l am working with mixed media.
It means working with different materials like acrylic paint, chalk, pen and ink. It makes the surface of the work more alive.
I am using for the collages all kind of materials: paper, fabrics, pieces of my own ‘not wanted’ paintings and drawings.
All this together with the different kind of colours is magic.

Special Projects
1989 – Commission for a calendar for the ‘Nederlandse spaarbanken’ (Dutch bank company)
2002 – Special Prize for Abstract Art, given by the critics of the Manifestation ‘Ars in Continuum’ in Florence (Italy)
2011 – Commission for a calendar for the pharmaceutique company Neocorp in Germany
Fom April 28 till May 13my work was exposed in Huis Kernhem in Ede (NL).
I exposed paintings, drawings and sculptures
It was the first time since 2008 that I had an exhibition in The Netherlands. Previous exhibitions were mainly in England and Italy.