I grew up with a head full of images and colours, and because it was combined with a lively fantasy creating image was always a big part in my life. 

I made a journey from graphic design, graduated in it, and from there I went to Art School in Antwerp, where I earned my master in painting. I was dabbeling in illustration as well but I found it hard to combine the two.

Flash forward and I work as a painter and allround printmaker and educator for ten years already! But I found myself still illustrating, and even make a children books. It was clear that illustration was as much a part of me as printmaking and painting is.

After all, a head full of colours and fantasy knows no bounderies when creating is involved.

Creating images is what I do best!

Nowadays, I work as an freelance illustrator as well, aim to work with publishers and editors and make editorial and (picture) book illustrations and with independant makers. Because of my background in graphic design, education and printmaking, I have a lot of knowledge and expertise.


Drew on everything for years, on wood, glass, and plain old paper.

Gradated als a graphic designer in communication design, and specialised in photography and illustration in 2005. Started illustrating on the side.

Decided to pursue painting instead, and graduated with a Master in Fine Art -Painting in 2009.

I had expositions in all sort of places, like Gemeentemuseum The Hague.

In 2015 I got my teachers degree as an art teacher, and gave guided tours in museums, next to making art. While I still loved painting, I started to use printmaking as a medium, and now I’am an allround printmaker, skilled in silkscreen, intaglio, reliefprint and lithography, next to the painting.

I still paint and make prints ( check www.mlwasiela.nl for more on that) started to pick up illustration from 2017.

Quirky facts:

I like to paint everything. Furniture, walls, doors, myself. No bouderies there! -Tea is my bevery of choice, I have a collection of more then 20. – I prefer to travel alone- love UK landscape- Did I mention cats and greenhouses? They are my favourite animals and places.