Painting is a choosing of marks, images, and colors combined with experiences, thoughts and feelings. This interior monologue, is then placed on a surface as more of a scrapbook than a diary. It becomes tangible, moments without a narrative.
At different times my processes incorporate – heated wax with resin and pigment, collaged papers, fabric, oil paint, acrylic and other mixed media on a two dimension surface.
I explore the space with a continual emphasis on real or implied textural surface and an awareness of horizontal and vertical planes.
Creating a place within a space, is a repeated theme which makes for both abstract and representational paintings.
This quote from Richard Diebenkorn, a painter who inspires me, resonates with my findings.
“I came to mistrust my desire to explode the picture and super charge it in some way – what is more important is a feeling of strength in reserve – tension beneath calm.”
Ultimately I wish to produce a piece that draws the viewer to a new 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 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.
“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 or building 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.”