• About | Larissa Maxwell (she/her/hers) is a fine artist based out of Vancouver and Squamish, BC, Canada. She is Italian and Scottish, and creates in the honor of her late Nonna, Iolanda Violini, who was the first to offer her an artist studio to build her practice in. Larissa studied fine art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Langara College, Trinity Western University, and Crow’s Nest Art Studio.

  • Mediums | Larissa’s work specializes in acrylic and encaustic abstract work. She utilizes a variety of innovative mediums and techniques, including pumice stone, shellac burns, water bleeding, acrylic pouring, beeswax, salt emulsion, interference, micaceous oxide, modelling paste, and fibre building compound. 

  • Truth and Reconciliation | Larissa creates on the untreatied, self-governed land of the 23 villages of The Squamish First Nation- Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw. She is committed to the calls to action of the TRC, including utilizing a de-colonizing praxis in her work, and supporting Indigenous artists through coaching and collaboration.

  • Community Impact | Larissa donates 10% of all profits to support causes that matter to her including preventing violence against persons with albinism in Tanzania, and providing education opportunities for self-identified women with the lived experiences of violence through the Violini Scholarship Fund.

  • Sustainability | Larissa engages sustainable art practices through local and Canadian buying where possible, reuse of existing and up-cycled raw materials, just in time production to minimize inventory, producing less work but higher quality, and digital administration and paperwork.

“Art is a reflection of beauty, of good, of things that inspire us to be more than we are. It is an unrelenting passion to see the world through a different lens- a mode of communication that suffices when words are not enough. With one brush stroke we can evoke the authenticity of experiences such as heartache, triumph, loss, redemption.

There’s something about art that moves us. Even if the style is not our preference, the essence of created art connects with the core of our humanity. Like somehow we fit, somehow we understand and identify with that which is created because we too are the creation of a masterful artist. And like art, we too are complex, insatiably deep, dynamic- words often do not suffice.”

— Larissa Maxwell




4 thoughts on “About

  1. you are an amazing person and you being so much love and joy to our family. I could not ask for a better sister!!!

    Love Robyn

  2. Larissa, I love it, I love it all. Really proud of you and want to encourage you to go for it! Jon’s right beside me and we just checked out a bunch of your work. EVERY PLACE YOUR FEET TREAD. Receive that. Walk in that.

  3. Hi Larissa,
    Your work is stunning! My favorite piece would have to be ‘ANEW’, I love the colour contrast so much. You and Evan are so awesome, I love what you guys are doing. Keep going with it!

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