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on gentle ground | Marta Stares

"The inspiration for my work comes from extended backcountry canoe and hiking trips in

Northern Ontario. During these remote excursions I find a deep sense of belonging to

water and land. Being in wilderness, especially the forest, has a profound effect on my

psyche and is directly tied to my wellbeing. In this work, I want to capture the feeling of

being immersed in a forest that is both strong and fragile - a state that presently echoes

my personal life. For me, these forest paintings are a display of strength with dense

foliage, sturdy tree trunks and a thriving ecosystem. I hope they also capture fragility

with delicate moss, soft light dappling through leaves and the quiet, tender moments

that are within us."

About the Artist

Marta Stares is an artist and educator interested in painting the outdoors, especially the

Northern Ontario landscape. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Toronto area

including Gallery 1313, Orillia Museum of Art & History, and Ontario Legislative

Assembly. Marta was the inaugural Artist in Residence at Lake Superior Provincial Park

2021. She works primarily in oils and uses bold, vibrant colours in her work.

After receiving her BFA from OCAD University, Marta established an art program for

young children at York University Daycare and featured children’s work at Gales Gallery.

She has worked as an educator at McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Visual Arts

Mississauga. Marta currently teaches Visual Art in Peel District School Board.

Showing June 27 to July 11 2022 at N/A GALLERY located in Downtown Guelph

84 Wyndham Street N, Guelph ON


On Gentle Ground

46"x 46"

Oil on Canvas


Forest Bath

40"x 40"

Oil on Canvas


Tread Lightly

40"x 40"

Oil on Canvas


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her artwork is so phenomenal to look at she is an amazing artist and I can't my eyes off her beautiful work I love it🎨❤️

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