Marcela was born and studied to be an ESL teacher and translator in Córdoba, Argentina, moving to Canada in 1994. She started her painting career in 2001, and since then has attended a variery of different workshops and courses with many well-known artists.
An active member of Victoria, BC's arts community for many years, Marcela has been an important leader in the development of several local events, like the West Shore Studio Tour. In 2008, she and four other local artists began the Coast Collective, a waterfront art centre dedicated to the showcasing of hundreds of Vancouver Island artists and a major local hub for art classes and workshops. The Coast Collective began as a small enterprise, which has today grown into a wonderful regional cultural success story. Marcela stepped down in January 2014 from the daily management of the Coast Collective, now taking on the role of a member of the board of the Society for Arts on the South Island (SASI), a registered not-for-profit society which is leading the Coast Collective Arts Centre into a new era.
Marcela started her painting journey with watercolours and now paints mostly with acrylics and oils. She especially enjoys landscapes, still-life and floral subjects. She is greatly inspired by her love of gardening, travelling, nature and seascapes found around British Columbia's Gulf Islands. "There are scenes to be painted everywhere I look".
She has participated in several juried and non-juried art exhibitions, including "Sooke Fine Arts Show" and "Sydney Fine Arts Show", and is currently an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
The work of Marcela Strasdas can be found in private collections throughout Canada, the United States and South America. Marcela lives in the Highlands District outside of Victoria, British Columbia with her husband, two teenage children, and dog Maya.