Charla Maarschalk is a painter, a photographer, a graphic designer, an architect at heart, with more time she will sculpt and since videography has laid dormant in her heart for a decade she has taken it up again. Charla is a visual artist and so does all things visual. Based in Kelowna, BC, Canada, she currently spends most of her time in her studio putting pigment on canvas and moving pixels on screens.
Her art practice is focused on large scale gestural faces that explore the layers of human identity.
“Layers and layers of texture, color and marks shape our lives. Never can one life be a replica of the other.”
CHARLA MAARSCHALK (b. 1976, Gander, Newfoundland, Canada)
Newfoundland born, Kelowna based artist, Charla Maarschalk is known for her large scale gestural Faces that explore the layers of human identity. She is interested in the process of combining thread with paint, connecting ancestral truths to our modern world. The emotive response to the texture, layers and details in her work reveals the story hidden within us
The human race is a vast category, if you look at it from a 'differences' point of view. But when you look at who each of us really is....underneath the layers of experience and genes...we are one beautiful category of people, the same, made in the Image of God for love and relationship.
Charla received her BFA at the University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta) in 1999 and completed a New Media program at Sheridan College (Oakville, Ontario) in 2000. She continues the journey towards deconstructing the human relationship with abstract connections between color, texture and human experience, always conveying a sense of joy and generosity of spirit.