I spent most of my childhood years in Campbell River on Vancouver Island. I learned an appreciation for nature while exploring the pebbled beaches and tidal pools with my siblings. I liked to be still in nature, to just watch nature happen. That fascination has carried through to my adult years.

My main inspiration is the beauty of the West Coast. It seemed a natural progression to express these feelings on canvas. I want other people to see and experience with me through my paintings. My aim is to create a feeling of "being there".

After attending the Capilano Illustration & Design program, I began painting more and more landscapes and finding this to be a satisfying experience. Some of the first places I chose for painting were Crescent Beach and White Rock. Later I began painting places in North Vancouver such as Lighthouse Park and Whitecliff Park.

JOEL  MARA Mountain Glory
Mountain Glory
Oil on Gallery Canvas  
28 x 54 in
JOEL  MARA Folding Sheets of Light
Folding Sheets of Light
Oil on Gallery Canvas  
27 x 27 in
JOEL  MARA The Chief
The Chief
Oil on Gallery Canvas  
40 x 40 in
JOEL  MARA Untitled
Wind in the Pines
Oil on Gallery Canvas  
36 x 36 in
JOEL  MARA Ice Field
Ice Field
Oil on Gallery Canvas  
27 x 54 in
JOEL  MARA Sunset at Hells Gate
All You Need To Know
Oil on Gallery Canvas  
30 x 40 in