Want to know a bit more about me?
My name is Marieke Meijs. I was born in 1979, the youngest of five children. I grew up in a small village near Utrecht (The Netherlands). Aged 21 I moved up North, to live with my boyfriend.
I fell in love with surfing
Moving up north meant the start of a new life, a new location, new friends. Many of those friends were surfers. So I tried it. I fell in love with it. I’ve not just embraced the sport, but the lifestyle that comes with it too. And I wouldn’t change that for the world.
I was introduced to painting at a very young age. My father is an artist and used to teach drawing classes. That inspired me in my younger years. After that I have struggled and messed around on my own for several years and I have learned a lot from that. But since 2014 I have been taking private lessons with my father. It feels really good to share that passion for art with him.
Surfing is a way of life
So obviously it is one of my big inspirations when it comes to painting. For me there are a lot of similarities between surfing and painting. For example the feeling of complete freedom I experience when I am out in the ocean catching waves. I get the same feeling when I am working on a piece. The rest of the world is miles away. The only thing that matters is the here and now.
It is important to me that though SurfArt is a full time business it does not lose its authenticity. No mass production but handcrafted and created with love and care. Products I would like to have myself, created with materials that make me feel good. And hopefully you will feel the same.