About Mariette Botes:
I was born in Rustenburg, South Africa, 21 October 1983 and grew up in a small town called Heidelberg in Gauteng. As a child I used to love drawing and soon discovered that I have a God given talent, but in high school I developed a fear for Art, a fear of failure and judgement that seemed to be attached to the Arts.
I developed a perfectionist personality in my early teenage life and it soon started clashing with the free and messy processes of Art. Only now in my late thirties have I started my journey as an artist. I am still a student of Art and every piece that I complete is a step closer in mastering the Arts.
Every art pieces is mostly a reflection of my state of mind. Other factors that influence my work is the environment around me. On a broader scale I am inspired in the search of “Who Am I?” I have the belief that finding my true version I can fulfill my part in the universe. I believe that behind ones greatest fears awaits ones greatest reward … the purpose of existence. And for me that is every time I pick up a pencil and stare at the empty canvas … facing the fear of failure and judgement … mostly by myself.
My current work is very detailed and realistic with a touch of symbolism. My inspiration from a young age has always been Michelangelo. I am fascinated by the combination of science and art and the study of human autonomy, together with the beauty and poetry of the human figure and gesture.
My journey has started with a mechanical pen and eraser. My sketches are time consuming and require a lot of emotional energy as I drive my passion in its highest gear. My process (in my mind) normally starts off very messy and my greatest struggle is to stay focused on only one idea at a time and to finish what I have started.
I believe that my mediums and technique will grow and develop as I embark this beautiful journey of Art. My hope is that my art pieces will ignite other living souls and brings light into this universe.