Joshua Smolders


Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada

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Raised in Ucluelet, Josh spent much of his childhood wandering in the shadows of the rainforest, down the solitary beaches, and over the craggy granite shores. For him, these wild landscapes and seascapes are both home and the subject of his art.  By depicting the power of the sea and the ancient strength of the forest, Josh hopes to share his deep sense of longing for the coast and inspire others to help preserve it.

Josh, his wife and three boys split their time between Canada and Ethiopia, where he has spent much of the past decade doing linguistic development work. Being so far away from his home has only increased his appreciation for what he considers the most beautiful corner of creation.