Although Marjolein van Haasteren can be called a natural talent, she received her education at The Royal Academy of Arts The Hague. Van Haasteren has been living and working in Leiden and within her work portrays an oeuvre of surrealistic landscapes. The images she depicts seem fluid and transparent, giving an appealing and spacious impression. The images seen within her paintings seem to appear and disappear in the blink of an eye. As if all aspects of her artwork is seen from the corner of your eye.
The stylistic tendencies of van Haasteren she labels ‘romance a la Marjolein van Haasteren’. She has developed this style by having control over her technical capabilities. With these technical capabilities she creates artworks that are inspired by landscapes and architecture; creating epic sceneries that are rooted in reality. Although she has full control of her abilities, her works are invigorated by her curiosity about the power of the medium paint. This, in combination with her interest in a specific experience of the featured landscape, makes her work distinctive. Van Haasteren’s approach towards the creation of these painted landscapes is a practice that demands explicit observation which can be rather time consuming.
The perspective adopted by Van Haasteren creates a distinct spatial awareness, which makes her work captivating. In addition to the spatial awareness of her work, her specific colour palet give the artworks a quirky quality.