We had the good fortune of connecting with Marleen De Waele- De Bock and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marleen, why did you pursue a creative career?
I always loved to be creative. I started early on as a young girl to drawn and paint. I grew up when kids had no computer or smartphone spending a lot of time on it. Instead, I was often outside and when it was time to come inside I loved to be creative. Mostly with pencils or paint but also with fabrics designing and sewing outfits for my dolls. My artwork was always somewhat better than my peers, it came just very naturally. I had no doubt what to choose to study: It was art school! I attended and graduated from one of the best art institutions in Belgium.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art is personal. For me, it is about studying, living, practicing, traveling and willing to grow. My work from the last years is based on nature and imaginative landscapes. They are colorful and large in scale. Each painting has a fresh, calm quality and offers an insightful look in terms of location and state of mind. I love walking in nature and Botanical Gardens. I think I visited all of them in South Florida. I take pictures with my small camera or iPhone and once back home in my studio I use them for my work. But only as a starting point with a vague resemblance, it starts in reality but ends in fantasy. I’m proud of everything I have accomplished so far. It started as a young artist showing my work in coffee shops, restaurants and working my way up to galleries representations, solo shows and a few museums shows.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Great question: I like to explore and visit places. Of course, I will show Miami. I love this city. We will go to Ocean Boulevard to see the beautiful Art Deco buildings and Versace mansion. Wynwood and the Design District are my favorites. it is trendy and artsy with many great places to have a drink or a bite.

Coral Gables and Fairchild Botanical Gardens too. Brickell city center for some shopping and unique location between Highrise buildings. Pérez Art Museum. Maybe a millionaire’s boat cruise. Fort Lauderdale: River Walk, Las Olas, the beach and a margarita at El Vez patio. Bonnet House and museum.

Wakodahatchee Park (my favorite place to watch birds and take pictures) and Green Cay wetlands (Delray Beach) and so much more…

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I thank my parents for allowing me to go to Art School. I entered a world filled with creative people all looking for their own style to develop. We had discussions about the meaning of art and life and everything in-between. Once married I always have great support from my husband. He gives me his honest opinion about my work helping me to be successful. There are many artists I admire. I can look at their work for a long time and will learn a lot by studying them. I also want to shoutout to all the art friends I made over the years. We all learn from each other. Some made great succes over the years, others are still growing but we all share the love for art.

Website: www.marleensartgallery.com

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