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Joel Mara, Roof of the Province – Yoho Park

Joel Mara, Roof of the Province – Yoho Park (2016), oil on canvas

Joel Mara: A Solo Exhibition of New Paintings

West End Gallery
Victoria BC – Jun 17-29, 2017

Joel Mara grew up on the beaches of Campbell River where he loved to spend time watching the rhythm of nature unfold around him. This love of the landscape resonates in his iconic, highly textured oil paintings of West Coast mountains and beaches, and in Mara’s obvious love of the craft: the colours, the brushstrokes, and the impeccable attention to detail.

Joel Mara studied graphic design and illustration at Capilano College and earned a diploma in 2004. He went on to study oil painting and acrylic techniques with Susan Falk and Robert Genn, respectively. Since then, his landscape paintings have been exhibited in New York, Vancouver, Seattle, and Calgary.

Mara stills spends time in nature, exploring and photographing remote locations, as well as plein air painting – experiences that bring a spectacularly vivid realism to his paintings. “When I begin to draw a horizon line on a blank canvas I am transported,” he writes. “To me it seems I am creating a window to a place … like re-assembling the memory of a place I’ve been to before … I want other people to see and experience with me through my paintings. My aim is to create a feeling of ‘being there.’”


Christine Clark

Jun 17: Opening reception with artist in attendance, 1-4pm.

Joel Mara, Heritage Way

Joel Mara, Heritage Way (2016), oil on canvas

Joel Mara, Moraine Lake

Joel Mara, Moraine Lake (2016), oil on canvas

 Mon, May 29, 2017