Marjolein Bastin is an artist and children's author from the Netherlands. Her beautiful nature illustrations, most often featuring soft watercolor paintings, are popular all over the world. In 1985, she published a children's book called My Name is Vera, which was the first of many books featuring the adventures of Vera the Mouse.
In the 1990s, she began creating artwork for Hallmark in a line called Nature's Sketchbook. The line includes greeting cards, stationery, home decor, calendars, ornaments, gift items and more. Marjolein Bastin remains one of Hallmark's best-selling artists.