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The story of a homeschooled kid, turned business-owner

About us: Manabell was founded in 2010 by Brigita Botma (formerly Bell).

Tēnā Koe, I’m Brigita Botma. A homeschooled artist and illustrator from Northland. 

One of 10 siblings of Samoan descent, I now live in Auckland.

Art has been about expressing myself and connecting with the world around me, it has helped me integrate into society beyond the struggles of a socially isolated upbringing. 

I’ve been fortunate enough to turn my passion into a successful career. I’m the illustrator for the successful children’s book series TR & Mack, written by Mike King (I AM Hope) which has 30,000 copies in circulation. 

In 2020, I was also honored to receive the title of Resene’s ‘Best Professional Mural Artist’, which was a huge achievement for me. 

My art is an expression of who I am, and I believe that it’s important to share that with the world. Whether it’s through a children’s book or a mural, my goal is to connect with people and create something that brings joy to our lives. 

Manabell about image. Jumping for joy

Originally, Manabell was nothing more then a creative outlet for my 13 year-old self. It started as an idea in my head. But has now developed into something much bigger.

Thus, Manabell grew from a girl’s dream, to the design and creation business it is now.

I started in Dargaville and now reside in the area about Auckland/Waikato NZ following 2014.

Manabell takes great pride in Quality and Community. 100% ethics and effort goes into every project. With the goal of delivering full satisfaction to each individual client.


With over 80 murals under my belt and all different kinds of creative commissions: I am a seasoned artist/designer aswell as a in-school art mentor. 

I have worked on miniatures and massive artworks. Illustrated a variety of children’s books across Australasia and worked in large-scale beautification projects.

So, whether you’re wanting a portrait of your dog, or a 30-foot dragon across your man cave, I can help.
Don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have an idea or want to ask any questions! 


Mural art is a captivating and powerful form of artistic expression that has the ability to transform spaces and inspire communities.

Through vibrant colors and larger-than-life designs, murals create an immersive and engaging experience that captivates the viewer. 

By following Brigita on YouTube and social media, you’ll gain exclusive access to her expertise in mural art, design, and illustration. Discover the magic behind the creation process, learn valuable techniques, and stay up-to-date with her latest projects and collaborations. 

Join the artistic community, learn what it’s all about, expand your creative horizons, and be inspired to make your mark on the world of art.

What's happening at the moment?

Firstly, our priority is beautification and environment. It is clear that this is an important issue here in NZ. We’re excited to be supporting this. So, we are continually working on new projects to solve these problems.

Along with this is a drive to involve the community in our efforts. If you have any ideas for collaboration or know of areas that need TLC, please get in touch. We are out and about painting in the community most days and absolutely encourage you to come and get motivated with us.

Also, as an experienced mentor, I have had the privilege of collaborating with local Iwi in incorporating their rich history and Tikanga into some of our recent projects. This approach ensures that the educational process is as meaningful  as possible for locals.

I’ve also worked in both government and community programs including the Creatives In School Initiative.

Lastly, there’s always something happening in Manabell’s corner. If you want to have a chat or know of a cause that Manabell can get involved in… again, get in touch! 


Where to from here?

If you want to know more about Manabell and what Brigita are about. Feel free to follow these links:

Manabell’s instagram: click here

Brigita’s instagram: click here

Manabell’s Facebook: click here

Wescover Portfolio: click here


Manabell uses the highest quality materials and practices when completing each individual painting.

With attention to detail and a passion for capturing the essence of New Zealand’s wonders, Brigita from Manabell specializes in creating vibrant and unique paintings that transport you to dreamlike scenes. From cascading waterfalls to serene meadows.

Whether it’s a tranquil sunset over your nearest ocean, the native forests, or the graceful flight of native in the sky. Brigita is all about creating the perfect image to your needs.

Simply share your inspiration and reference photos, and Brigita will collaborate closely with you to ensure every detail is captured.. Her dedication to perfection ensures that the final masterpiece reflects your unique vision and can become a centerpiece in your home or office.


Are you all about seeking individualized guidance and mentorship to take your artistic skills to new heights? Manabell offers tailored one-on-one art tutoring sessions with adults or children based off their specific needs.

In these focused sessions, I will ensure the unique artistic journey is nurtured and supported all about. Whether you’re a beginner seeking a solid foundation or an intermediate artist looking to refine your techniques, I customize the tutoring to meet your specific needs and goals.

As an added advantage, my tutoring can incorporate elements of local history and Tikanga (Maori tradition) in alignment with what the local Iwi has passed on to me. This will be dependant on the subject about what we are creating.

With a genuine passion for teaching and a desire to share the transformative power of art, I create a supportive and encouraging environment for your artistic exploration. 

Take the next step in your artistic journey with Manabell’s One-on-One Art Tutoring. 

With a passion for teaching art to youth, I aim to intrduce them to the same transformative power that art has had in my own life. Through my mentorship, students can gain not only technical skills but also confidence and self-expression.

So, if you’re part of an educational institution looking to enhance your art curriculum, join me on this artistic adventure. Together, let’s nurture creativity, celebrate diversity, and make the world a more beautiful place, one stroke at a time.