At the beginning of her career Marja Hakala painted traditional oil paintings. Later financial difficulties prevented the acquisition of good quality painting supplies and she stepped in to a new artistic phase.
Her love for nature - walking in forests and by the sea brought new dimensions to making art. Materials were found from the nature and large installations gave the opportunity to capture light and a sense of space. This opened up new areas of art for her to work with.
Portraying people, especially regular croquis drawing, has been important in the Taivaallinen Akatemia group founded by Outi Heiskanen.
Now the artist has returned to her roots in painting, albeit reluctantly with acrylic colors due to her allergies.