‘The Keeper’ by
Artist: Marta Witkiewicz
Title: ‘The Keeper’
Medium: Graphite pencils on Canson Bristol paper
Dimensions: 12.2″ x 8.7″
Framing: Framed (framed size: 16.7″ x 13.2″)
Year of Creation: 2021
About the Artwork:
The Keeper of souls forgotten and lost
Messenger of death is his other name
He seeks for truth no matter the cost
Powerful spirit which no one can tame
Look for the answers in omniscient eye
Don’t lose your soul in feathers’ maze
Keep your eyes open and head up high
But who can withstand this piercing gaze?
About the Artist:
My name is Marta Witkiewicz and I am a Polish artist and illustrator currently living in Spain.
Growing up in the Slavic countryside surrounded by wild and domestic animals, green fields of grass, vast forest, and peculiar customs from pagan times ingrained in me a deep love for the natural world and folklore. Away from a big city and access to many goods I’ve developed rich imagination creating my own worlds and fantastic stories. In my works, I often explore those realms from childhood that always felt like magic and enchantment.
This deep desire to be able to create everything I imagine and pursue in life what I love pushed me to leave my country in a search of knowledge, techniques, and tools.
During the years of atelier-style education focused mostly on strict classical approaches, my heart was divided between fine art and fantasy illustration. In my personal works, I aim to blur the boundaries between them – using the foundations that I’ve learned, storytelling and imagination to create my magical worlds and characters.
At the moment I’m working mostly with graphite. Its range of subtle shades allows me to convey this dreamlike, delicate, and almost ethereal atmosphere that I love. I choose pencil as a medium because of its powerful simplicity, sharpness, and precision. Immersing myself in the details is my space where I find this elusive sense of flow.