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Mara G. Szyp

Artist Statement


“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”  Edward Hopper 


When I open the door of my studio, the window facing the water, whether it be sunny or stormy, the music on and taking count of my surroundings, I feel I belong.

Many times, in my life, I had to pack up and move and reinvent myself but there was always a voice in the back of my head that would whisper “keep seeking” and then life changes right in front of my eyes, and like following dance moves I didn’t know I knew… that voice sang “You are home”

I paint to free myself of the chains around me, my body and my mind.

Specially to shatter the chains around my soul. 

When I am birthing a new art piece, it expresses who I was while morphing into who I will become. I create art because it feeds my heart and gives me a purpose.

The colours I choose chose me, just as the music influences my aura, the colours I paint speak for themselves. In my portraits I see through their eyes, in my nudes I feel through their skins, in my abstracts I scream and dance and grow as their limitless shapes move and unfold, just as my life as an artist, bright and constantly evolving. 

I thank God for giving me the strength to get to be here and to be able to answer my calling. I Thank God for another (and another) chance to live my life. 

And above all, I thank my wonderful partner without whom I wouldn’t have been able to throw myself head on into this exciting and rewarding new path to create art.


“The only time I feel alive is when I am painting” Vincent Van Gogh

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