Nature Lovin' Action Painter
My work is colourful, contemporary and indelibly North American. I’m passionate about this beautiful land and it’s rugged geography. I also love abstract expressionism and the amazing way that colours affect us emotionally. Through my work, I hope to move you toward an ever greater appreciation of nature in its most potent aspects. My underlying themes address our deep, but delicate connection with the ecosystem and the need to relinquish our attempts to control the environment.
Marina May Raike was born in the Greater Toronto Area. She studied Abstract Expressionism in the experimental arts department at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her appreciation of work by Canadian painters David Bierk and Wanda Koop influenced her early action-painterly landscapes.
Marina's current body of work explores her ancestral connection with the forests and lakes of the Canadian Shield. Her thoughtful renditions of natural elements and ancient geological formations evoke a profound awareness of her place within the ecosystem.
Marina has a BFA from OCADU, where she was awarded the Forsythe Scholarship for drawing and painting. She has exhibited across Canada, the United States and internationally. Her work has appeared on the TV series ‘Suits’, in British Vogue, The Huffington Post, and in noteworthy collections in North America and overseas. Marina enjoys giving artist’s talks and has spoken at Ryerson University and The Canadian Society for Art of the Imagination.