Biography and about our workshops

Marissa Oosterlee (1981) is a Dutch artist and illustrator. Her late granduncle was the established American illustrator and pin-up artist Leo Jansen.
Over the following years, Marissa acquired worldwide attention with her photorealistic paintings. In these works Marissa creates her own reality, convincingly realized with photorealistic painting techniques. Besides photorealism, Marissa masters classical realism as well, which she mainly uses for painting portraits and animals. Her love for nature can be recognized in her magical realistic works, sensitively depicting the world of fairies, elves and forest animals. She has been awarded several times for her work. In 2004, she won a national Dutch painting competition with her portrait of the Queen of Holland. Also, she was finalist in a prestigious painting competition organized by Artist’s Magazine for her work ‘Left Behind’ (2007). Q&A’s and works by her have been published by several newspapers, tv programms, international magazines like Airbrush Art and Action, Airbrush Step By Step, and Art Scene International. Marissa gives demonstrations at airbrush and art shows throughout Europe and the UK. Nowadays she remains in The Netherlands, running her own gallery and studio (Marissa Art Studio), where she works and gives workshops together with Carlo Tedesco, who is also known for his band Phonorama and their album “Retrology”.

For all our courses (Nederlands, English, Italian translations) please visit:


Learn to paint/ airbrush like this in 7 easy to follow steps, with our unique Tech’nEZ teaching system!


The courses are in a relaxed environment, provided with all materials such as paint, exercise reference  and canvas. Everyone can join one or more of our trainings, from beginner to professional. You will receive guidance on personal level and we have small groups to guarantee a maximum result for each student.

We show you how to build up images from scratch to a finished artwork, guiding you throughout a 7-step process filled with tips and tricks. The system is developed so that it can be followed and used by anyone, on any surface. We leave out the infamous scrape and erase techniques as much as possible as well as unneeded details, to ensure an optimum result and stunning painterly effect, looking beyond just a photo with a personal touch.

Since our upgrade from board to our special MFX ultrasmooth canvas, we are able to show amazing real portraits and make sure you go home with all knowledge to do so. You will see that building up the painting is less hard than you think and that it is just the last step that requires some time and good practice to give it a spectacular finishing touch, but even without it looks amazingly real.

Of course you will see ALL of the steps and practice with them on your own canvas in class. In the end we do a little personal evaluation of your progress and tell you exactly what to do at home in order to keep growing and getting better.

Marissa & Carlo:

“Our guidance doesn’t stop after class…we keep supporting you when you are home when you have questions or doubts”.

Note: The Tech’nEZ teaching system is our trademark and can only be taught by Marissa Oosterlee & Carlo Tedesco. Any form of replication of our teaching system is forbidden to protect not only our hard work and experience with students and paintings of many years, but also to protect innocent people from signing up with incapable teachers, which ends in dissatisfying results.



Lioness, Belgium

Lioness, Belgium



8 responses to “Biography and about our workshops

  1. Hi,
    Marissa i would also be very interested in the perhaps attending one of your four day workshops, If you would please send me any information that you have about schedules and availability.

    Thank you

    • Dear Mark,

      Thank you for your interest.

      We are putting up a new English class in my studio in Holland, which will be held in December or January.
      Expenses for this 4-day Masterclass are now 450 euros and will be limited to 4 people only, so every student will receive a maximum of guidance by me and my assistant. The first 4 subscribtions will receive this discount on a normal price of 550,- euro.

      If you decide to enroll for this workshop, I would be happy to assist finding you a suitable B&B or hotel in the area.

      If you have any further questions, feel free to drop me a note.

      Kindest regards,

  2. Hello Marissa,

    13-16th of januari I did the masterclass photorealism with you.
    Hereby I would you and Carlo recomend to all people who have any doubt to enroll for this workshop, thinking they can’t cope with it.
    I was one of them, but did quiet a job, didn’t I?
    Sadly enough I didn’t finisch it, but some day show you the final result.

    Thanks again
    Love you both

    • Hi Cor! Thank you very much for the nice words and your devotion during the workshop, we enjoyed it a lot and hope to see many beautiful artworks of you. X Marissa, Carlo and Mickie

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  4. Hello, do you have any plans on doing any classes in California and when will your dvd be coming out. Love your artwork and I for surely hope you put up more you tube vids. Thanx

    • Hello Martin, thank you for your questions and interest. This year we will be in Houston, Masachussets south Easton and Chicago. Unfortunately not Chicago.
      Houston might be an option for you though, and choice between a monochrome portrait class and four day portrait class. Just let me know and I would be happy to forward you.
      Kind Regards,

      Marissa Oosterlee

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