Hi. As you’ve probably guessed, I am Marissa Oerlemans. I am based in Polokwane and I am a somewhat absentminded, slightly sleep deprived freelance artist. I have a curious fascination with useless fun facts and in my opinion a good cup of coffee can solve anything. Doodling is one of my favourite pass times and the sight of a brand new, sharpened pencil makes me way more excited than it probably should.
So, I have a confession to make…. I am actually an accountant by day. I kept going to art lessons once I started working as a way to relax (and at times, maintain my sanity!). But a few years ago a friend asked me to do a painting for his house and, very hesitantly, I said yes. That was the unofficial start of my freelancing career and I haven’t looked back since!
I love freelancing because of the diversity. No two commissions are the same, and this completely got me out of my comfort zone! But more than that, I love being able to make art that is truly meaningful, special and tailor made to the person who buys it. This can be a pencil sketch of you and your loved ones, a simple drawing for your baby’s room or a painting of your favourite pet. I love doing them all, and presenting you with your unique work of art will always be a privilege!
So that is my story. Freelance artist. Occasional art teacher. Self-confessed art nerd. Impulsive art buyer and all around art enthusiast.
It’s nice to meet you.