Margryt is a North Canterbury Dutch Artist who moved to New Zealand a year ago with her partner Rik Mulder. She grew up on a farm in Friesland in the Netherlands and takes her inspiration for her paintings from this rural background painting Friesian Holstein, Angus Bulls of New Zealand and also the Elephants of Kenya. Colour is important to Margryt and she uses this boldly in all her paintings to achieve the personality of the animal. Margryt has a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and is working on a Master’s Degree in Environmental Public Health and currently working on a research project studying health outcomes of natural fertiliser use in agriculture. She is a member of United Nations Association of New Zealand and is passionate about sustainability, human rights, policy and the arts.
Margryt has spent some time volunteering for Blessed Generation Karibu an organisation run by a Dutch family Ria Fennema and her husband Fester Medendorp. They run 3 Primary Schools, a High School, 3 Orphanages and 3 Outreach Programmes in the poorest and most dangerous areas in Kenya. Blessed Generation and Margryt are passionate about the needs of the children in Kenya – with the goal to try and re-home the children to loving families and through education achieve better long term outcomes for the children. They rely solely on donations to run their centres. All of Margryt’s Paintings are donated towards this cause.