Mariette (Huysamer) Maarschalk was born in the Western Cape in 1965, but grew up in Johannesburg. In 2000 she and her family relocated to the Southern Cape, where they still reside on the farm 'Vaalkranz' in the Mossel Bay district.
Most of her paintings reflect her own experiences in environments that she knows well and understands; Vlees Bay seascapes, Overberg landscapes and portraits of family and friends.
The inspiration for her wildlife and lowveld landscapes comes from the textures, patterns, colour, forms and light of Africa as experienced on many game drives in the Klaserie Private National Park (Misava Safari Camp). Years of regular visits have enabled her to observe, absorb and digest her subject matter, hence the tactile authenticity of her work.
Mariette considers the process involved in the creation of an art work as important as the final product, as this process contributes significantly to its meaning. Thus, different levels of meaning can be discerned by the perspective art lover, and she wants her work to challenge the viewer to interpretations that go beyond the purely superficial and decorative.
“Art is a harmony parallel with nature” - Paul Cezanne