Marla Thirsk

Marla Thirsk · Painter · email · web

I’ve lived in Ucluelet many years now, and proudly wear the “Ucluelet artist’ title.  I’ve been involved in or organized numerous art endeavours and festivals throughout this time, painted many of the murals you see around town, designed a goodly number of posters for various events and was the Arts Society president 6 times.

My artwork has been published in many publications, won awards and gone across the globe. I’ve done numerous commissions and I refuse to be pigeon holed artistically. I’m fiercely brave exploring many mediums and genres. I paint or create every day and live in my art in that my home is a studio. I don’t have a table – my easel is in that place.

I’m inspired by books. I’m inspired by poetry. I’m inspired by music. I’m inspired by dreams. I’m inspired by people.

It took me until I was 40 to believe in myself, never regretting becoming my true artistic self. It really is about embracing your passion.

Everything I paint has a story to tell.


Reflecting Spirit Gallery and the Mark Penney Gallery, both in Ucluelet carry my work.

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