DEMDACO Studio Artist Marjolein Bastin Honored With A Lifetime Achievement Award

Internationally acclaimed Dutch artist Marjolein Bastin is widely recognized for the artful way she portrays the beautiful world of nature. Homeowners and gift givers delight in her Nature's Journey collections of dinnerware, home décor accents, and holiday decorations from DEMDACO Studio, and her delicate and inspiring illustrations have long enticed Hallmark card-senders through their popular greeting card line. Now, Bastin has been honored for all she has done to bring people together through her art and through nature with a prestigious LOUIE Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Greeting Card Association (GCA).

The GCA's LOUIE Awards recognizes the creative spirit and talent of artists who have touched people's hearts and lives through the greeting card industry. DEMDACO, a wholesale manufacturer and distributor of artist-driven gift and home décor products, is proud to collaborate with this iconic artist in an expansion of her popular greeting card products to provide enthusiasts of her work with charming decorative accents for their home and cherished gifts to share with others.

DEMDACO is dedicated to providing uplifting products that enhance the emotional connections in people's lives. Marjolein Bastin's creations for the DEMDACO Studio collection support and enhance this mission of givingand sharing towards a common good.

"It is a joy to work with the most accomplished nature artist in the industry," says Jean Lowe, Creative Product Manager, DEMDACO Studio. "Through her exquisite detail, Marjolein Bastin is committed to capturing a true and authentic snapshot of Mother Nature's work. In addition to her incredible gifts as an artist, she is truly gifted with a gentle, lovely spirit that inspires and infuses her work with emotion and meaning."

Bastin's fascination with nature as a young girl grew into her life's mission, and she began sketching and painting every plant and animal in sight. Today, the iconic artist uses her work to tell the story of the beauty that surrounds us and to invite us to join her journey through nature. Bastin believes she cannot simply walk by and paint nature's wonders, but must live with nature, and become a part of it, in order to translate its stories.

Bastin and St. Louis-based artist Mary Engelbreit received the LOUIE Award for Lifetime Achievement at the GCA's 25th Anniversary LOUIE Awards gala on May 19 in New York City.