Inspiring artists to reach new levels of creative expression and artistic skill.
Established in 2003 by artist Mirja Vahala, the studio is housed at Windborne Bed & Breakfast, purpose-built by Mirja and her husband Marc Conacher.
Mirja Vahala – Art Instructor
Having spent 20 years working in the field of graphic design, Mirja Vahala now directs her energy towards her passions: painting and art instructing.
Since 2003 Mirja has instructed hundreds of satisfied students in the Lower Mainland and the West Kootenays. Her classes are method-based and fun. Mirja’s methods allow students to easily learn techniques in a relaxed atmosphere.
Instruction is provided for drawing, acrylics, pastels, watercolour, composition and colour mixing. Mirja’s extensive knowledge of graphic design is used to benefit the students. Feedback and resources are provided to advance creativity, self-development and personal style.
Art Retreat and Guest Instructors
Several times a year, the Mirja Vahala Art Studio hosts art retreats with other popular artists and instructors. Invited artists include: Doug Swinton, Brent Lynch, Mike Svob, Bonny Roberts, Kiff Holland, Andrew McDermott, Liz Wiltzen, Brent Lynch, Gaye Adams and Dianna Ponting to name a few.
For a list of courses and art retreats, please visit the Mirja Vahala Art Studio website.