Masja van den Berg
Help our followers get to know you. What does a typical day in the life of Masja involve?
First I have to take my little boy to school. He's 5 years old and he is my little sunshine. After that I walk our dog. It's a small black and white malteze/shitszu puppy. She's adorable. Then I start working! Using every minute I have to draw and design new coloring pages. As a single mom you have to use your time properly ;) I love to be so creative and it's a great privilege that I can have this as my job.
When did you first become interested in illustrating?
I start drawing when I was 2 years old, like everybody else… the only thing was that I didn't stop. I've been drawing all my life, mostly doodles and flowers. After an art study at the Gerrit Rietveld academy I got in contact with my publisher and made my first coloring book.
What are your favourite things to draw?
Flowers, Mandala's and paisley designs.
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! I love all the beauties and small wonders of the world, and Ancient art from all cultures.
If you weren't an illustrator what would you be?
I think I would be an other kind of artist. During my study I made video art which I also loved. I just a need to be creative.
Why do you think adult colouring books have become so huge?
I think it's wonderful that people started to color! It's one of the best ways to de-stress and unwind. People nowadays have so much pressure from work, social media etc. It's just so good for you to do something that reminds you of your youth and gives you a nice and calm feeling. Being in the 'now' with a beautiful page to make even more beautiful. A moment for yourself and no stress about tomorrow. Everyone should do it!
What does your working environment look like?
I just have a small corner in the living room with a lot of pencils and paper... oh and a lot of books with ancient art and ornaments from all cultures.
Do you listen to music when you work? If so, who/what?
I love to listen to my old records. I got some really nice jazz and soul records. I'm happy that some new songwriters also publish on vinyl so I can listen to them too. I don't even have a CD player anymore.
What are your favourite things in life?
Being with my son! We have so much fun together! I also like to watch video art and the small wonders in the world. I can be truly happy when I see nature change in every season.
Finally, please give 3 words that describe your work.
Beauty, balance and wonder.
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