Media Arts, Other, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts
Artist StatementI love the colors, wherever I see. The colors. The colors from your heart. I work until “the colors get along”. I especially like soft and oil pastels, mixing colors with my fingers. I discovered drawing on an iPad, which is easier for me to work with because I can lie down when I am dizzy or tired. Art is my life. I like to make pictures that come from my mind, and from my heart. I like making people happy. I make pictures from my imagination of how I see the world. Art makes me happy and gives me lots of courage. My body cannot make tears. So my pictures tell how I feel. I enjoy how I feel making art. It becomes a part of me.
Mara uses pastels and digital technology to convey her perception of the world. She finds that her art connects her to others and her community. Her artwork has been juried into and exhibited in six museums and 15 galleries across the United States (Cleveland OH; Rochester, Brooklyn + New York City NY; Chattanooga TN; Houston, TX; Scottsdale AZ; Los Angeles + La Canada CA; Washington DC; Fairfax + Herndon VA; and Bethesda + Rockville, MD). As a winner of the VSA/Kennedy Center Emerging Young Artists with Disabilities award, her video TO SURVIVE toured the US. Mara is the subject of the documentary film, LIVING ART, by Michigan native David Rochkind of Ground Media; it premiered in the 2019-2020 ReelAbilities Film Festivals in Manhattan, Toronto, Cleveland, Houston, and Fairfax; as well as the 2020 Chicago JCC Film Festival in Evanston, IL. Besides creating art, Mara teaches iPad drawing classes and is an invited speaker at schools and for various direct service organizations. Mara illustrated and co-authored the children’s book Adventures of Moses. Mara is the sole proprietor of When Colors Get AlongTM in Bethesda Maryland. She also works at Art Enables in Washington DC and the VisAbility ArtLab in Rockville Maryland.