Growing up in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Mara formed an early connection with nature and drawing. The ocean, woodlands, and animals were her inspiration. She earned a BFA in Oil Painting from Boston University, where she studied with Congor Metcalf, Lloyd Lillie, David Aaronson, David Ratner, and Nicholas Edmunds.
Mara is currently focusing on oil, pastel, and graphite mediums, in both realistic and abstract styles, working at home and in her studio in Leominster. Her work is in many collections and she has served on the boards of directors of two artist groups, including Cambridge Art Association.
I have been an artist since I was very small. Nowadays, when I am not painting, I can often be found outside with my horses, riding trails, and in the garden. As a child, I dreamed of living in the country on a farm. I am fortunate to be living my dream.
In my work, I try to return to the state of love, strength, and sense of place that nurtured me as a young person and raises me up to challenge every new day with curiosity and creativity. My work is informed by classical techniques and a love of abstraction. My art is an exploration and celebration of beautiful light and shadow on everything in my world, especially nature and the figure.