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Inspired by the Vancouver Island Coast, the fog, the moist, the greenery and the moody skies we have from Metchosin to Tofino,BC.
Growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentina I always had an interest for art, clay & plaster sculptures, charcoal drawings, markers illustrations but it wasn't until I faced my second unrelated cancer that I immersed myself in acrylic paintings where all this amazing odyssey started.
And today you become part of my history.
Today I use many different mediums to create original art such as oils, watercolour acrylic & ink paintings
I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process.
However I find myself utterly in love with oils...
Each idea manifests in its own individual style and medium.
I enjoy walking by the sea when I can (some of us give walking for granted until its hard to walk just a few steps) in my spare time, my dog running around the rocks and getting her paws wet is my happy place!
Many of my pieces are directly influenced by these hikes in nature. I love letting the beach, the wind, the sun, the rain and everything in between materialize in my work.
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Mara was born in 1976 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At a very young age she showed aptitude and interest for the arts in general.
Through her young adult years, she always dreamed to travel and so she did. She focused in discovering Argentina first and then she traveled to Spain and around United States of America. She lived in Los Angeles for some years and then she made her way to Victoria, BC Canada, where she made this beautiful island her home. Today having her studio surrounded by nature in Sooke, BC.
Mara is a cancer survivor. But to say that she is a cancer survivor is an understatement. She has had to overcome many obstacles and as she struggled with those obstacles, she found art to be the only medium to be able to express what she was feeling.
Mara fought a battle against two unrelated cancers and she came out from the other side, with scars, yes, but also with an unmeasurable strength. Resilient.
Today Mara is an independent, creative, accomplished and unique artist, that looks beyond the confines of four walls for her inspiration. You can see this in some of her art works where she utilizes the sea, female forms, animals and eyes as some of the tools to describe a feeling.
Sometimes when she can't sleep she dreams with herself painting, so she gets up and she goes into her studio as it is the place she is the most comfortable and where she feels alive.
She paints with acrylics, watercolours & inks but her most favourite medium is oil, she has done some photography as well as sculpture, she writes short stories and poems. (published)
She is always open to try new and different art forms. She is not locked on one style and this has caused some controversy with different organizations.
She puts all of herself in each art piece she births. She is a very sensitive artist and her senses are always open to perceive the world around her and that’s something you can see through her art.
I would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land on which I reside and work is in traditional unceded WSÁNEĆ territory.
In the beginning it was the Saanich teaching to look after Mother Earth. All of the animals, the birds, the trees and the salmon, even the wind, were, and still are, people.
For many years the people remembered the words of the creator (XÁLS) and there was a long period of happiness and plentiful food. Then they began to forget those teachings.
The creator’s feelings were hurt that the people began to forget his good teachings, so the creator told the people that a great flood would come and said: “You prepare yourselves.”
The people prepared a cedar rope and gathered their food and all of their possessions. The tide waters began to rise. The people loaded all of their belongings into their canoes.
Some people did not heed XÁLS teachings. They were not prepared and were washed away. Their canoes were destroyed.
The water rose higher and higher. The people paddled to the highest mountain nearby. The trees were still above the water. They tied themselves to an arbutus tree on top of the mountain.
Soon the tops of the trees were covered with water. They were afraid and prayed to survive the great flood. They asked XÁLS to take pity on them.
After many days, a crow came and landed on the bow of the canoe. He was carrying a stick and was talking to the people. The crow had brought the good news.
Suddenly a mountain began to emerge in the distance. One of the men said, “NI QENNET TTE W̱SÁNEĆ”, (translated means, “Look at what is emerging”), as he pointed to the mountain emerging in the distance.
Before they left the mountain, they gathered around the huge coil of cedar rope and gave thanks. They said from now on this mountain will be called LÁU,WELNEW (Place of refuge). They also said, “We will be called the W̱SÁNEĆ” (The emerging people).
XÁLS heard their prayers. XÁLS said he would not punish the people by flood again. The people who were saved are the ancestors of the Saanich Tribe today.
This is our heritage.
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Your generous donation will fund her mission to continue birthing meaningful art into this world that needs it to much.
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