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 and spiritual connection to her surroundings with individual fields of color, line and texture. Thematically she is moved by the cycles of nature and the horizontal, vertical break up of space, translating movement, light and texture into a sense of place. She exhibits regularity in the regional Northeast and is included in numerous private collections throughout the U.S.
“Breaking New Ground, Making Great Art” by 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.
The work is fueled by my interior monologue, a choosing of marks, images, shapes, tones, thoughts and feelings, placed on a surface. It is more of a scrapbook than a diary, as it is bits and pieces of moments within a narrative. Alternating themes reoccur for me: the landscape, human condition and human additions to the landscape. As these themes present themselves I search for a language of shapes and marks to describe the vision.
The painting processes used are varied. Encaustic, incorporating heated wax, resin and pigment fused onto wooden panels, acrylic mono-type cut outs, layered onto wood and oil painting on canvas are used at different times.
Each of these provide for me the layering, fluidity and experimentation that give sometimes unexpected results.
Ultimately I wish to produce a piece that draws the viewer to a forgotten place freed from the pressures of modern life, perhaps where their spirit can rest, soar or be nourished. This connection of artist to viewer completes my process.
DONA MARA FRIEDMAN