Joel Mara spent most of his childhood years in Campbell River on Vancouver Island. He learned a special appreciation for nature while exploring the pebbled beaches and tidal pools with his siblings. Joel liked to be still in nature, to just watch nature happen and that fascination has carried through to his adult years.
Joel’s main inspiration is the beauty of the West Coast. It seemed a natural progression to express these feelings on canvas. He wants other people to see and experience the West Coast through his paintings with an aim to create a feeling of "being there".
After attending the Capilano College Illustration & Design program, he began painting more and more landscapes and found it to be a satisfying experience. Some of the first places he chose for painting were Crescent Beach and White Rock. Later he began painting places in North Vancouver such as Lighthouse Park and Whitecliff Park.
The shapes Joel paints merely suggest a picture. It is up to the viewer to put it all together and form the image. Striving to make his paintings a participatory experience every viewer will see something different. Joel’s hope is that you will feel a little bit of that gusty wind or the silence of the forest when you view one of his paintings.
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A. We use inches (H x W) and only list the canvas size without a frame.
Q. What does Framed or Unframed mean?
A. Unframed implies the artist intends the painting to be displayed without a frame. Traditionally, the canvas is finished on the sides with a black edge, or the image wraps around to the back.
Framed implies that the artists intends the artwork to be framed, and the price includes the cost of framing by our gallery. We do not list the framed size, as you may choose framing options, depending on availability. Restrictions apply.
Q. Can paintings listed as Unframed be framed?
A. In many cases, yes. Please send us an enquiry regarding the painting you wish to be framed. Please note, the cost of custom framing is not listed on our website.
Q. Can a piece of art be shipped from your other location for a viewing?
A. Artwork transfers between our galleries can be arranged depending on availability and being part of an active exhibition. There is a nominal fee to cover to cost of shipping and handling. We are currently offering a promotion, *Free Shipping Within Canada with the purchase of small or medium-sized paintings! In many cases, we can apply this promotion towards gallery transfer costs and refund the expense of shipping the artwork at the time of purchase. Restrictions apply.
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