Get To Know The Artist
Marissa Indoe is a 21 year old ojibwe artist from Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation in Ontario Canada. She started painting at the age of 16 and is completely self-taught!
She has developed a style focused on natural subject matter with brightly coloured skies, tying her love of nature into her artwork. She finds inspiration from simple things around her and is constantly challenging herself with new ideas and suggestions.
She aims to bring joy to those who see her work, but also to find happiness herself through the creative process.
Words from Marissa
"Why I became an artist"
I was fifteen years old when my father unexpectedly committed suicide. It was by far one of the hardest things I've gone through in life and I chose very unhealthy ways to cope. But a year and a half after he passed I decided to take up watercolours as a way to healthily cope.
I didn't get serious about my art until I was nineteen and left a four and a half year long mentally abusive relationship. I was physically abused by my ex right before I left him and I developed flashbacks of the event. I couldn't sleep properly for 3 weeks after it happened because of physical pain and flashbacks, so I started painting extensively.
I created two of my most detailed pieces during this time, spending about 24 hours on each painting. I realized at this point how much art had become a therapy for me, so I didn't stop. I kept painting and decided to start sharing my work on instagram. By doing so I gained a following, created a customer base, made so many friends, and gained the confidence to start take commissions.
But throughout that time I struggled with alcohol addiction. Drinking everyday to cope eventually caught up with me and I struggled to paint while being intoxicated. So in February 2021 I decided to change my life and get sober. I quit drinking and smoking marijuana, and once again I turned to art as a way to healthily distract myself from my feelings. I also took up beadwork around this time and started to truly reconnect with my spirit and indigenous culture.
Overall, art has been the most therapeutic thing in my life and has helped me re-find happiness when all I wanted to do was end my life. It has helped me gain confidence, get sober, healthily cope with my feelings, and most importantly: Art has helped me remember who I was before I lost myself to trauma and addiction.
My journey with art has nothing to do with money, sales, or fame. It is simply my pursuit of happiness! I am so grateful for the support I have received, but even if I didn't make a dollar I would still be the artist I am today!
Chi Miigwetch (Big thanks)