Welcome to the online studio of Mara Manning. Mara paints in a room overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan. Her paintings are made using oil and cold wax mixed media on custom made birch panels. Her abstract paintings explore landscape and cityscape through the use of a variety of simple forms. The "places" she creates are atmospheric memories drawn from her interest in travel, art history and literature. She uses a personal set of symbols in her work which include houses, fish, windows and doors, boats, bridges and more. Her process of layering these shapes and blurring them is meant to make the passing of time evident. Mara looks forward to your comments. Please enjoy. Click any image below and it will take you further into the gallery to view works of a similar size.
Mara's paintings were recently exhibited at eclectic Gallery, located in Crested Butte, CO. Mara is also represented by Cappaert Contemporary in Egg Harbor, WI. Her work can be seen there throughout the season. New work for fall will soon be available. The District Gallery in Knoxville, TN is another place you can see Mara's work. They recently received a new shipment so if you are in the area stop by and see what is going on.
Check back regularly for additions to the collection. Use the contact page if you are interested in learning more about Mara and her work.