Dona Mara Friedman



The recent work is influenced by my surroundings, as solitary time became all the more important in 2020. Living in a country setting surrounded by the wonder of nature I spend time watching the changing light, wind rustling the tree leaves and rain on plants that provide a full palette of colors. These careful observations become take off points for work that is process based while holding the intention of communicating an emotional response. The choosing of materials, marks, colors and images is directed by my interior dialog and a continual desire to experiment.
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.”
The tension beneath the calm speaks clearly to me of my experience in modern day living. The paintings offer the viewer a possibility to be drawn in, taking another look and perhaps understanding this artist’s view of the complexities of modern life.
This connection of artist to viewer completes my process.



Dona Mara Friedman is a painter with a 45 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 galleries and museums 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.”