Mara's collection of rocks creates an awe of the complexities of nature and the majestic world we live in. Her studio on the shore of Lake Michigan is a good place for her body and soul to recharge every night as she dreams of abstracted layers and scarred oil and cold wax paintings into being. Inspired by views, memories and wanderings she constructs a picture in which shapes, spaces and color form a set of unique relationships that combine to express a personal landscape.
"The Sculptural forms and paintings are oil and cold wax on custom made birch panels or sculptural forms. The series was designed to represent my need to be connected to family and especially to my own home. The layers in each work, which are developed over time are like the many layers of our lives at home. This name had a personal meaning when I conceived of it but now after our confinement, and new way of living in the world, I think the work has a much more univeral message".
Mara has a BFA in Painting and Drawing from UW-Milwaukee and a Master of Arts in Education from Lesley University as well as extensive workshop and post grad work. She paints in a studio in her home looking out at Lake Michigan, her muse. Her work has been included in juried exhibits in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.