Joel Mara

Joel Mara

  • Biography

    Joel grew up on Vancouver island, gaining a special appreciation for nature from a young age while exploring the pebbled beaches and tidal pools with his brothers. He studied Illustration and Design at Capilano College, and began painting landscapes shortly after. His main inspiration is driven by the beauty of the West Coast, hoping that as the viewer “you will feel a little bit of that gusty wind or the silence of the forest” through his pieces. He paints with strong, deliberate brush strokes, similar to the likes of Tom Thomson and Van Gogh, but with a unique linear intention and brighter colour palette.

    “[Growing up] I liked to be still and watch nature happen because it did not ask anything of me. It simply was. That fascination has carried through to my adult years. The shapes I paint merely suggest a picture. It is up to the viewer to put this all together and form the image. I strive to make my paintings a participatory experience.”

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Joel Mara

The Viewpoint
24 x 60 x 1.5″ Oil on canvas $4,225 CAD

Joel Mara

Across the Lake
24 x 60 x 1.5″ Oil on canvas $4,225 CAD

Joel Mara

Gathering Light
36 x 56 x 1.5″ Oil on canvas $5,450 CAD

Joel Mara

Dancing River, Deep Valley
36 x 48 x 1.5″ Oil on canvas $4,675 CAD

Joel Mara

Stacey Lake
36 x 36 x 1.5″ Oil on canvas $3,800 CAD

Joel Mara

Bend in the Lake
34.5 x 56 x 1.5″ Oil on canvas $5,225 CAD

Joel Mara

Sun Soaked Vines
32 x 58 x 1.5″ Oil on canvas $5,025 CAD