SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Issue 21, February 2017 - Page 114


Marisa Pahl is a Canadian artist working at the intersection of environment, education and social practise. Pahl studied fine arts and psychology during her undergrad at the University of British Columbia, taking time to complete courses in marine biodiversity at the University of Queensland in Australia. Marisa lives on the West coast of Canada and resides in Vancouver. Her creative practice involves an expeditionary element where she paints on trails, beaches and mountaintops during paddling and backpacking trips. In the last three years Marisa has been the recipient of two British Columbia Arts Council funded Artist Residencies through ArtStarts Artists in the Classroom program. Her second solo exhibition, titled This Wild Road, is happening at Gallery 1965 in Vancouver from November 27th - December 2nd. The opening is hosted in collaboration with Pacific Wild on November 29th.


Paint for Healthy Oceans is a 100 day art and storytelling project by Canadian artist Marisa Pahl that celebrates rad folks doing exceptional work in support of the world’s oceans. Each day, Marisa paints a tiny 37 x 37 mm watercolor based on a photo and story shared by a different ocean advocates. Each tiny landscape has a color swatch, abstract pair with flowing colors, marks and balanced geometry. So far, the voices of filmmakers, artists, sailors, marine biologists, scientists, chefs and educators have been included. When each painting is finished, it goes up for auction on Instagram for 14 days with 50% of the winning bid going to a different ocean focused organization.

How can people get involved?

Visit my Instagram @marisapahl to see daily paintings, my creative process and read ocean advocate stories. Place a bid on a painting you love in the Instagram comments of that post.

Ocean advocates of all ages and all locations are invited to participate by sharing a photo. Answers can be as short or as long as you like.

Share a photo of a wild ocean place you love on Instagram or Facebook (if it is not your photo, get the photographer’s explicit permission and give them credit!)

Say where it is, what is special or unique about the place and any personal connection you have to this location.

Share one small action you do on a daily basis in support of healthy oceans. This is a great way to inspire others to take action.

Tag @marisapahl and #paintforhealthyoceans in the photo.


Instagram: @marisapahl

Facebook: @MarisaPahl

Emily Jeffords - #doitfortheprocess

Elle Luna - the 100 day project

Ocean Artist Marisa Pahl

February 2017 - Art & Culture