B. A. Martel


art & ennui


“Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time” 

- Hannah Arendt -



The unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations; these which were never ceded through treaty, war or surrender on the West Coast of Canada, this is home. I live between the mountains and the sea.


I spent my childhood in South America and Africa. As an adult, I have also travelled extensively around the East Coast of the USA and Europe in the quest for knowledge of Fine Arts and Art History.


My work is a form of self evolution. Ideas stem for the sense of migration, immigration, environmentalism, movement, acceptance, rejection, Indigenous identity, distance, loss, death, birth and rebirth. Displacement vs. belonging. It's an intimate voyage that documents my self expression and experiences.


I also make some work just for fun, because I've been drawing and painting since I was a child. A creature of habit.



Bachelor of Education (Art Education)

with studies in Indigenous  Art History
University of British Columbia, Canada 


Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting)

Emily Carr University, Canada


Bachelor of Art studies (Art History)

UNISA, South Africa

(via) University of Victoria, Canada






my . artist run website