"I have a passion for painting portraits whether of a human or an animal. I often work in series where I can develop a theme over time and I enjoy telling stories with my paintings." Laara Ccassells is a contemporary Canadian painter best known for her representational paintings and portraits. Since 2013 her award-winning work has been shown in over 60 exhibitions worldwide. Previously a professional theatre designer, Laara Cassells has designed sets and costumes for theatre, ballet, opera and film for numerous companies across Canada and Europe. More recently, Laara has exhibited paintings, drawings and sculptures in Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, South Korea, Poland, Switzerland and across the USA and Canada. Her work was selected for Nordart 2013 in Germany as the sole representative for Canada.