Artist's Statement

Marlies Merk Najaka has been a professional artist for 30 years. Her paintings are included in many corporate, museum and private collections. She is a signature member of AWS and NWS. It is Marlies’ unique and sensitive use of color that makes her art so recognizable. She is able to capture the delicate essences of shadow and light and incorporate them with a forceful underlying composition. Her paintings appear truly illuminated from within. “My work is always as much about what I eliminate in my painting as it is about what I include.” Because of the unique method in which she applies her watercolors, Marlies is able to achieve richly toned and extremely complex glazes of color. Until recently, Marlies’ work had been almost impossible to duplicate using conventional printing techniques. “With the advent of Iris/Glicee printing, I am finally able to recreate my art. Giclée prints incorporate all of the subtle nuances of my original art so well that it is rarely possible for me to distinguish one from the other”.

Below is a link to the "American Artist's Watercolor Magazine" article describing my approach to painting:BLOG

I have recently returned to painting in oils, specifically portraits. To see my paintings you can visit my Portraits site


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The subject matter of my watercolor paintings ranges from tropical palm trees, florals to still life of fruit and landscape.
My watercolor paintings are reproduced using a pigment printing process because it accurately duplicates the luminous quality of my watercolor washes. The longevity of the inks is the same as that of my watercolor paints.

My limited edition prints are printed on a heavyweight archival watercolor paper. The inks used are archival pigmented inks. Each print is signed and numbered.

Greg Ortega produces my pigment watercolor prints. He is a maestro of color. His company Gamma One prints the highest quality prints for museums and individuals. I've worked with Greg for many years and his ability to reproduce the colors in my watercolor paintings is phenomenal!

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My painting "Kyoto" is featured in the "The Artful Home" book by Toni Sikes. You can purchase the book at: Guild
My watercolor paintings are featured in the publication "Best of America Watermedia Artists"
and "Best of Worldwide Watermedia Artists"

My watercolor paintings reproduced as prints can also be purchased through the

The Fall 2003 issue of American Artist's Watercolor Magazine featured an extensive article on my watercolor paintings. The article can be viewed on my Watercolor Blog

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My new website is now online, although still a work in progress I've added many new watercolor paintings and posters:

I have recently returned to painting with oils. My portrait studies can be seen here:Portraits

My portraits were exhibited at ASL in New York City where I received a top award for my portrait painting.

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*MY PRIVACY STATEMENT: I do NOT sell, rent, or share your name or personal information with anyone.

Watercolor paintings by Marlies Merk Najaka are copyrighted and may not be reprinted without the written permission of the artist.Downloading images from the website is a violation of copyright. To learn more about Copyright please click Copyright Blog

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Last Updated August 15, 2015

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