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Marike MacDonald

Marike MacDonald is a professional artist born and raised in South Western Ontario. Her early years involved the discovery of meadows, woodlands, farm and animal life. She showed an early propensity for drawing and longed to paint. Family resources would not allow it. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in a Fine Arts Program at Humber College where she discovered Canadian art and the Group of Seven in addition to receiving instruction in life drawing, painting (finally!), sculpture, and printmaking. After art school, she married and raised three children before returning to actively pursuing a career in art in 2016.  Since then her artist training has been augmented by courses by various Canadian art professionals like Mike Svob, Brian Buckrell, John David Anderson and Sheila Davis.

Marike seeks to create works of art to share and stimulate others to an awareness of the preciousness and beauty of the natural world. Underscoring this yearning is her faith in God and the knowledge that whatever she creates is but the dimmest reflection of the natural world.

For thirty years, Marike resided in Muskoka and was particularly inspired by the beauty of the lakes and forests of central and northern Ontario; the very landscape that had inspired the Group of Seven and countless other artists. Currently, living in south western Alberta, her current inspirations are the big sky and the grandness of the nearby mountains. Marike works in oil and acrylic.

Her work was been featured in the July 2019 issue of the Muskoka Life magazine, and in the October 2020 issue of Arabella.


Route 22 Gallery is located on the land of the Treaty 7 people. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Treaty 7 territory and the cultural and oral practices of the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations as well as the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, (Métis Nation District 4) within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. It is a privilege and and an honour to share these lands as our collective home.

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