Marieke ( Rikki) Tollenaere
Marieke Tollenaere was born, 30 November 1968, into a Flemish family of artists and raised in Antwerp.
She studied Art at the St Lucas Institute in high school, followed by Interior design at the Academy In Antwerp and a Master Painter course at the Meylemans School for professional painters.
After her studies as interior designer and later master painter , she ran her own painting business in Belgium; specializing in marble and wood imitations, trompe lʼ-oeil, and gold leaf.
This background enables her to paint with great detail and precision.
She always had a passion for sailing and after having sailed for many years between the Mediterranean, Caribbean, North America, the Indian ocean and south East Asia she uses the sea as her biggest inspiration ; the colours , movement and different moods of the ocean reflect in her work. Often combined with sail boats but they are a mere suggestion .
She now lives in Mallorca where she started painting on canvas in 2005. She has had exhibitions in Mallorca and Antigua. But has paintings all over the world through commissions she has been asked to make.
Her favourite medium is oil paint but often she combines this with other materials; which gives the paintings more life and depth.
Because of her attraction to the sea she decided to start painting waves in the beginning of 2014 and came up with the idea to turn it into a project to raise more awareness to keep the oceans clean, AsociacionOndine which is a marine conservation organisation in Mallorca, seemed like the perfect platform to achieve that goal.
She has decided to call the project “Making 100 Waves” and for every wave she sells she will donate a percentage to Ondine.
You can see her work on her web site or follow her thru social media