ADDRESS Interview with Marisa Pahl.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I’m an artist working at the intersection of environment, education and social practise. My tiny watercolour landscapes and larger colour studies map human connections with wild places – and explore how these relationships fuel intentional living. The paintings I create have a westcoast, minimalist feel that infuse a space with calm, bright energy.
Describe your creative process. It all starts on the trail, usually a mountain peak or a rocky (uncomfortable!) coastal beach. I paint 37 x 37 mm landscapes and larger colour studies on backcountry paddling trips and multi day hikes. These bits and pieces travel with me back to the studio where they inform my daily work – keeping my process grounded in the good vibes of wilderness time.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? I read. I get outside and find the sun above the clouds. In the winter I hike or kayak around False Creek. Nothing like cold air and frozen fingers to get the mind moving in a fresh direction.
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Take time daily to seek out information, stories, experiences, design and art in a direct, intentional way. For me this quality input is essential for exceptional output. To grow and succeed as a creative on my own terms, I have to continue to discover work and processes that I deeply admire – especially outside my own field.
Study folks outside of your discipline, from other places and other times! The cross pollination of philosophies, ideas and approaches can be pure magic.
What’s your dream project? My dream project is to cultivate relationships with people on the ground, around the world, protecting the future integrity of land and waterways. I’d like to paint their perspectives, the connections they have with wild places that drive their daily actions for the environment.
What art / design trends are you excited about? Contemporary fibre arts are in such a fun, playful place right now. I love the renewed appreciation for traditional techniques, paired with the simplicity of modern design. The excitement around this medium is contagious.