I was an equine veterinarian,
now I am

“Equine veterinary experience deepened my understanding of the biomechanics of horses but also exposed me to the challenges many horses and their owners face on a daily base.”
Marjo Lebbe Equine artist and equine veterinarian
Artist Marjo Lebbe when she was 5 years old
Walter Lebbe with Marjo Lebbe when she was a child
Walter Lebbe, watercolor artist, grandfather of artist Marjo Lebbe

The introversion, creativity and stubbornness were there from the start and as a girl of 3 years old I was already painting watercolours in my grandfather’s studio. Until today loosing him feels like loosing a part of myself.

One of the reasons why I paint is to connect and communicate with my late grandfather (Walter Lebbe, a talented watercolorist), who still may be there with me, looking over my shoulder while I paint.

Marjo Lebbe as equine veterinarian at a client at work

Putting my veterinary career on hold, I am now a full-time artist on a mission to help horse and owner a different way.

One of the reasons why I paint is to give my understanding for all the misunderstood horses of my veterinary career a place. I provide a voice for all these horses I met during my time as a veterinarian. Giving them a place to be horse again on my canvas, I try to bring understanding and awareness of their needs, fostering a closer relationship with nature.

Marjo Lebbe as an equine veterinarian with her black horse

Nature has been my endless source of inspiration, but I have to admit that horses hold a particular and enduring fascination.”

“I believe that art should have a deep connection with spirituality, that colour should have a symbolic meaning, and that the act of painting should be both instinctive & uninhibited just like the horses that I paint.”

“I am beyond thankful I can say I do this for a living and that my work is in the collections of international private collectors based in Dubai, United States of America, Australia and across Europe.”

“I inherited my passion for horses from my mom, who put me on a horse when I wasn’t yet able to walk.”

“As an artist with an equine veterinarian background I specialise in expressing the freedom, naturalness and instinct of horses.

I want to paint an emotion, a feeling, a connection or an atmosphere. I want to express the freedom and peace that horses give in my watercolour technique, full of movement and naturalness as it assumes the canvas’s own materiality and color as a negative space in my works.

I consciously accept randomness and I know that it is an operator of my works. It is in this space that the poetics of randomness and freedom are situated.”