photo by Steven Schlussel
Dona Mara is a painter with a 40 year continued exploration in two dimensional space and surface. Her paintings are infused with an abstracted vision of nature and an individual field of color, line and texture, influenced by her personal connection to her surroundings.
She exhibits regularity in the regional Northeast and is included in numerous private collections throughout the U.S. She is a member of New England Wax which curates juried exhibitions composed of artists who incorporate encaustic in their work.
“Breaking New Ground, Making Great Art” Elayne Clift, in Vermont Magazine included Mara as one of eight VT Women artists who shared innovative work grounded in a love of nature, respect for life cycles and joy of creation.
“Visible World, Refracted through Inner Life” Telly Halkias, Hill Country Observer, 11/17 “This is the world of the creative and the mind's eye, one that the Rupert artist Dona Mara believes has always flourished inside her.”
“My paintings are dealing with planes of space that convey implied places of interest, beauty and wonder.
Often a painting begins as I glimpse a particular textural field through a screened or rainy window. A visceral desire to connect to nature, learning to change and flow through seasons with light, color, texture and form, guides my choices.
The suggestion and ambiguity without absolute representation creates a simplicity, while the continued hope is that the viewer is drawn into the work, finding a resting place, or a human connection.”