The Mystic Muse: Crows in my Art

South African artist Mariaan Kotze with Crow paintings Esoteric art symbolic (1)

A Lifelong Fascination “Crows are evil,” some may say, but for me, they are anything but malevolent. My fascination with crows started as a small child when I encountered a talking crow in a cage at the Bloemfontein Zoo. My parents had to drag me away from the cage where the crow was kept. The […]

The Impact of Studio Size on Artistic Expression

The impact of a studio size on artistic expression

The Impact of Studio Size on Artistic Expression -From a Large Studio to a Small Working Space. Reflecting on the Journey: From the Past to the Future As I sit here, contemplating the last few years of my life, I cannot help but think about how much has changed. Looking back over the past 10 […]

Ascending – a Painting about courage

Ascending Symbolic painting Take off and fly Blog Post Mariaan Kotze Art

Ascending – a Painting about courage. Time to step out into the unknown… All elements in this painting are symbols that enhance the story I portrayed in this artwork. The Bumblebee myth: Because of the myth that engineers have proved that Bumblebees cannot fly as their wings are too small for their bulky bodies, I […]

The Meaning of My Art

Art is my escape into a dreamlike reality - a peaceful, isolated world. I want to share this safe escape with onlookers and allow them to become part of it, if only for a moment.

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” H.P Lovecraft Like all people, I go through many emotions.  Like all people, I have ups and downs.  Like all people, these various emotions spill out into my everyday life.  Unlike all people, […]

Step out into the unknown

Step out into the unknown

The people that know me, know that I move a lot and I often step out into the unknown. Over the years I did several paintings with cars and these past few weeks I have revisited the theme. A few people contacted me and said they see I’m restless and a good friend called and […]

Reflection on my Art journey of 2020

Reflect on my art in 2020

2021 – A NEW YEAR – A NEW STORY TO BE TOLD (Painted) At last… A new year, a new page, and in my case, yet another new town. It is 2021, 2020 might have been one of the longest, and simultaneously, in some weird way, one of the shortest years ever in my life.Nobody […]

Fishes in my Art

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.

Fishes make their appearances on my canvasses and other objects often, mostly uninvited but not unwelcome at all, as I love their symbolism.
For me, they symbolize so much, but, above all, adaptability and transformation.

My Bunny Paintings

Up for “adoption”:                                          “Flutter-Bunny”  76x92cm R10500  And if you thought this little bunny is small… think again… My Bunny paintings  Although I did a lot of bunny paintings over the years, for some reason, I […]

Winds of change

When the time of your life is right your migration will begin

My paintings hatch… bit by bit, starting as a little vague idea in my head, sometimes I walk with the possibility of an image for days, weeks, even months before it gets to a point of breaking through, even then, I usually do not know precisely where the image will end up once I put […]

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