April Artist – Day 20 – Maruša Barle

Maruša de Mauritius
Name: Maruša Barle (pron. Maroosha)
City: Ljubljana, Slovenia


How long have you been doing art: I »knew« I would become an illustrator at the tender age of seven, but it has been an on and off thing. I started taking first serious classes in nude drawing, anatomy and perspective when I was 17 (in 1999). I currently work alone, under a distant supervision of a formally trained painter. 


How long have you been dancing? I started swing dancing in 2008 and took to Lindy hop in 2009.


What inspired you to make art: I don’t really remember what initially inspired me – I guess it was an instinctive urge to create, to express myself. I took to it again recently because my job does not allow for much creativity and I missed that. Also, I figured I would quench my thirst for all thing beautiful this way.


What is your medium: I am still exploring various techniques – I find it challenging to try several of them. I do mostly watercolour at the moment. Before, I have done several pieces in oil on canvas and I intend to return to that sometime. Other than that, I would very much like to attempt some ink drawings and/or mixed media as well as simple pencil drawings.


Where you hope to go with your art: I would like to further explore the above mentioned techniques and their possibilities of expression. Also, I aim to further develop my drawing skills, most notably the 3D aspect, as well as to make a step away from the confines of realistic drawing and acquire the freedom to distort the reality in order to put stress on the elements I sense as more important. Most of all, I would like to keep it playful and just explore new things on my own and not take my art too seriously, but have fun instead.

marusa - swing couple 1

Work in progress

Are you available to make these for people? I would love to do that!  


Contact info:
email: marusa.barle@gmail.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marusa.mauritius
blog: http://marusabarle.weebly.com/blog.html

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April 20, 2014 | Filed Under: Artists | Tagged: drawing, illustrator, Ljubljana, Maruša Barle, Maruša de Mauritius, water color

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