MARGRIET SEINEN, who is a long time resident of Humboldt county, was born in the Netherlands and grew up there and in Canada. An interest in Art was always part of her life. After working various jobs including teaching grade school, she worked in fabric arts, making clothing, accessories and wall hangings. She made large soft fabric sculptures of vegetables, gnomes, flowers, life size Santas and others for department store displays and home decor. When she moved to Humboldt in 1981 she chanced upon some silk painting dyes and resist and thought to temporarily teach herself another medium. She fell in love with the process and the bright colors and has never looked back. Pillows, scarves, and clothing tumbled from the studio and were well received. When repetitive designs became tedious, Seinen decided to focus on more detailed challenging work, focusing on fine art silk paintings. Her interests are varied and include mermaids, fish, Nature divas, mandalas, flowers, portraits, still lifes, landscapes and scenery. She also teaches art classes including a 3 day mandala class.
Her work has been shown in galleries in The Netherlands, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Washington, Oregon,New York City, and California. Two of her pieces are published in “The best of Silk Painting ” by Janas and Tuckman 1994.