My artwork explores flora and fauna with a playful embrace of color and texture across three primary media: painting, printmaking and drawing.

I seek to capture a sense of freshness and spontaneity in my paintings and prints and enjoy the sense of discovery in unexpected results. It is a great source of inspiration for me. Above all I wish to communicate my sheer wonder at the transient beauty and mystery of nature.

All the monotypes are printed in oil on 100% rag paper. I often use stencils for the outline shapes and paint smaller shapes with a brush. The many textures in the monotypes are achieved by playing with the viscosity of the inks and using transparent rolls of graduated tones before running the plate through the press. I enjoy experimenting with how little information I could put down on the printing plate and still have a recognizable, evocative image.

Mara is local to Boston and currently works out of Joy Street Studios in Somerville, MA.