Colour! Bright, bold, beautiful! What a dull world it would be were it not for the life giving attributes of colour. It can uplift us, cheer us, soothe us, relax us and even bring us to tears.
My flowers are an excuse to use colour to its maximum potential, my landscapes have bright invigorating colours, abstracts express rhythms of colour, and portraits are a perfect venue to express personality through colour.
Colour and texture! From my training as a sculptor as well as a painter, I like to incorporate texture in my works…a visceral, immediate, tactual experience.
Music plays a large part in my painting practice. Just as I could not fathom a world without colour, I could not fathom a world without music, the eternal vibration of music and sound: an expression of the great "I Am”.
I fully believe that we are all interconnected, influencing one another with our vibrations, emotions, and visuals. That is why I choose to use bright, uplifting colours. Besides making pretty pictures, my hope is that in some way, I can contribute to bring a solacing joy and brightness to a world fraught with so many challenges.
Mara emigrated from Treviso, Italy, to settle in Montreal, Canada. After beginning her studies at McGill University, she decided instead to pursue a travel career, which brought her to Toronto, where she simultaneously worked and attended the Ontario college of art and design. Her focus was drawing, painting and sculpting the human figure. She graduated in Interdisciplinary studies.
Mara is continually taking classes and workshops and has had the privilege to study with many accomplished artists, including Chinkok Tan, Editt Davidovici, Lila Lewis Irving, John Leonard, and Steve Rose.
She has exhibited extensively, including solo and group shows, winning several awards, and participated in highly regarded juried shows, such as the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) and Visual Arts Mississauga. Her work can be found in collections in Canada, U.S.A. and Europe.
Mara is currently a member of Neilson Park Creative Centre, DVSA and Critique Group, where she continuously explores her craft with like minded passionate artists.