When Marietta was six years old, her father defected to the United States for a University of Oregon professorship in biology. Three years later, her family left everything behind and immigrated to Eugene, Oregon. Marietta spoke no English and the transition was a huge cultural change. What kept her happy was creating artwork. Marietta’s parents, both biologists, steered her toward “being a doctor of some kind” as a profession. She graduated from Oregon Health Sciences School of Dentistry in 1984, ...
Marietta Bajer was born in Kraków, Poland in 1957. Her grandfather was an art historian and poet, who spent countless hours teaching young Marietta about European art. She sketched and colored her own renditions of old famous paintings that she studied in her grandfather’s books. Even though Marietta did not have formal art training, creating artwork is effortless and shows her love of life.
When Marietta was six years old, her father defected to the United States for a University of Oregon professorship in biology. Three years later, her family left everything behind and immigrated to Eugene, Oregon. Marietta spoke no English and the transition was a huge cultural change. What kept her happy was creating artwork. Marietta’s parents, both biologists, steered her toward “being a doctor of some kind” as a profession. She graduated from Oregon Health Sciences School of Dentistry in 1984, was a dentist and officer in the U.S. Navy at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego for three years, and then bought a dental practice in Forest Grove, Oregon.In 1995, she moved to Bend, Oregon and opened her own practice. Her two daughters and the practice grew, and there was little time for art.
A series of life events, culminating with the cancer death of her younger sister, brought Marietta back to painting after a 10-year hiatus.
Scratchboard art found Marietta when she was oil painting on a clay board and decided to refine some detail by scratching into the clay. She looked up scratchboard on line and since then, her passion grew. She has found her "IT" in the art world and continues to pursue excellence and personal growth in the relatively new field. She is an active Signature member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA).
Marietta’s art shows the beauty and joy that can be seen when one's heart is open to the wonders and splendor of our world. Her animals have a bright expressive eyes which elicit emotion and feeling as seen by the viewer. Her attention to detail, play of light, and ability to capture the soul of animals in her pieces is truly remarkable.
Like Norman Rockwell, Seuss personally created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, final line drawing and finished work for each page of every project he illustrated. Despite the technical and budgetary limitations of color printing during the early and mid-twentieth century, Dr. Seuss the artist was meticulous about color selection. He created specially numbered color charts and elaborate color call-outs to precisely accomplish his vision for each book. Saturated reds and blues, for example, were carefully chosen for The Cat in the Hat to attract and maintain the visual attention of a six-year-old audience. By the time Seuss’s book career took off, sharp draftsman skills were evident in drawings. His ability to move a storyline ahead via illustrations filled with tension, movement and color became a hallmark component of his work, and the surreal images that unfolded over six decades became the catalyst for a humorous and inspired learning experience.
Artist Leo Rijn, the inaugural sculptor for the Dr. Seuss Tribute Collection I, was selected to launch this project due to his prized work with some of today’s top talent in the world of film, entertainment and the visual arts (including Tim Burton, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg). Rijn has been identified as one of today’s brightest sculpting talents because of his ability to breathe life into the written word and successfully transform two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional works of art. Universal Studios commissioned Leo to develop and oversee the creation of numerous maquette scale models for the Monumental Dr. Seuss Sculptures at Seuss Landing in Orlando, Florida. Leo was instrumental in the art direction for many of the sculpted characters and buildings now on display at this permanent Seuss attraction. His strikingly accurate Seuss works embody a masterful and intuitive Seussian sensibility, establishing him as a leading talent in interpretive sculpting.
Seuss embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed-media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Seuss’s father was superintendent. Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like the “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler,” and “Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn.” Shortly after Seuss created this unique collection of artworks, Look Magazine dubbed Seuss “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Seuss’s Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity.
Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Seuss created a body of irrepressible work that redefines this American icon as an iconographic American artist. Yet, the Secret Art often shows a side of the artist that most readers, familiar with him through his classic children’s books, have never seen. This collection, created over a period of more than 60 years, encompasses the entirety of Seuss’s multi-dimensional talent. The artistic golden thread highlighted throughout this collection is apparent in each wildly imaginative and surreal Secret Art image. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss is an inimitable collection of artworks created at night for his own personal enjoyment. These works were rarely, if ever, exhibited during his lifetime and provide a deeper glimpse into the art and life of this celebrated American Icon.