Contact | All questions, comments, and inquiries can be directed to Larissa by email.
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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 currently through Crow’s Nest Art Studio.
Mediums | For the past 21 years, Larissa’s work has specialized 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.
Philosophy of Art and Design | 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.
Truth and Reconciliation | We operate on the untreatied, self-governed land of the 23 villages of The Squamish First Nation- Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw. We are committed to the calls to action of the TRC, including utilizing a de-colonizing praxis in our work, and supporting Indigenous artists.
Impacting Community | We donate a portion of proceeds to support causes that matter to us, including preventing violence against persons with albinism in Tanzania, ending human trafficking in Canada, and providing education opportunities for marginalized folks through UBC Sauder School of Business.
Sustainability | We seek to engage sustainable art practices through local and Canadian buying where possible, reuse of existing and upcycled raw materials, just in time production to minimize inventory, producing less work but higher quality, and digital administration and paperwork.