“A Day in the Life” with Vancouver Visual Artist Olivia Harks

The art of Olivia Harks is a form of self-expression, an exploration of the human condition, her works are full of emotion and beauty. Often inspired by a dream or a meditation, she allows her creativity to take its own course, producing pieces that are striking and honest.

I admire her dedication to her practice and the courage she has to take risks and create something new. No matter what form Olivia’s art takes, she is passionate about exploring and expressing her creativity in unique and often empowering themes.

Olivia Harks has taken her art more seriously since moving to Vancouver and now carves out time to do what she loves. She’s a dedicated mother of two and finds balance in her adventurous life by leveraging the hectic moments with creative expression, bringing her peace and deep satisfaction. I am so inspired by the way she lives and creates, and I know she will compose captivating and relevant art for years to come.

-Written by Jeanine DeJong, close friend and Graphic Designer

Olivia Harks
Reference image taken in freezing, clear water in a pool last fall. Model – @miarosa_
Olivia Harks
Artworks displayed in the Figures in Motion exhibition at the Kariton Art Gallery in Abbotsford
Painting with my girls. Photo by: Matthew Harks
An underwater photo shoot for painting references. Photo by: Devon Shimell
‘Suspended’ oil painting, private collection
Nature is a big part of my inspiration
Olivia Harks
I’m always drawn to the weird and beautiful around me
Olivia Harks
With my artwork ‘Gravity’ at a cafe exhibition. Photo by: Matthew Harks


Which ’hood are you in?

I live in Abbotsford, British Columbia. I grew up in New Zealand which is such a beautiful place, and at 22 I went to Sydney, Australia. I went for a music festival and stayed for 2 years. I got a visa for America and moved to California then Arizona. When my visa ran out I took a flight up to Vancouver. After living all around the city, I’ve lived in Abbotsford now for over a year. I never thought I’d end up on the other side of the world, but I love this place.

What do you do?

I create figurative and surreal visual art, inspired by the human condition. I think we are a channel for creativity, which I explore through making art.

I received a Masters in Architecture in New Zealand but the profession wasn’t right for me. Now I work with graphite, gesso, acrylic and oil paints on panels and canvas. I make art pieces that tap into subconscious, to uncover and explore that connection and create something that people can relate to in a universal way.

What are you currently working on?

I took a break from oil painting to work on smaller pencil sketches. Being home with my two young children has given me a unique opportunity, in limited bursts throughout the day I have time to create, and the fastest way to get ideas out is by sketching, so I’m working on that.

Where can we find your work?

Instagram | Website



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