For Mara, the act of painting is an external response of her profound gratitude for life and all of its experiences. It is from this platform where the artist creates timeless works suffused with a patriotic and spiritual bent.
LYNN MARA is a prolific painter who preserves American culture with modern flair. Known for her bold portraits of Indian chiefs, energetic equestrian scenes, and sun-bleached landscapes, Mara offers a personalized take on the wide spectrum of American iconography. Influenced and inspired by such Modern masters as Leroy Neiman and Andy Warhol, the artist creates original, limited-edition series of her subjects in powerful color combinations that are then hand-touched with pastel, paint, marker or pencil. Through brilliant color and spectacular light, Mara spins a series of vibrant moments from life into a spiritual continuum that continue to lay their legacy upon her canvases.
Born and raised in Southampton, Long Island, Mara draws inspiration from the boundless beauty of her environment’s natural surroundings. From golden orchards to deconstructed Stars and Stripes, the artist culls strands from our Nation’s fabric with panache and purpose. Many of Mara’s paintings depict a strong connectivity between the material world and the spiritual world. In nearly all of her figurative works, the artist renders her subjects with indistinct faces that are in profile, downcast, or obstructed. Mara refers to this manner as an allusion to the “Brilliant Disguise,” a notion that ministers these compositions toward a sacred arena. Similarly, the artist populates her landscapes with fertile vineyards and harvest scenes as homage to the cycle of life, which she considers a divine union.
Mara embraces the sublime notion that humans are not separate from, but rather quite connected to, all of Nature. “Beauty surrounds us wherever we go,” states the artist who takes ordinary, temporal moments in daily life and translates them into a constellation of pictorial impressions. For Mara, the act of painting is an external response of her profound gratitude for life and all of its experiences. It is from this platform where the artist creates timeless works suffused with a patriotic and spiritual bent.
Mara earned her BA from Marymount College (Arlington, VA). In addition to solo shows at The Union League Club (New York, NY); Westchester Country Club (Rye, NY); Lois Richards Gallery (Greenwich, CT) and Genesis Gallery (Stamford, CT), Mara has exhibited at 4 North Main Gallery (Southampton, NY); Terence Joyce Gallery (Greenport, NY); Privet Cove (Southampton, NY); Topiaire (Southampton, NY); Paumanok Vineyard (Aquebogue, NY); Deshuk Gallery (Bridgehampton, NY); Post Office Café (Babylon, NY); and Le Chef Restaurant (Southampton, NY). Mara’s artworks are featured in many prominent public and private collections including Mr. & Mrs. David Arena Collection (Greenwich, CT); David Diehl Collection (Hoboken, NJ); Mr. & Mrs. Larry Foley Collection (Westport, CT); Mr. & Mrs. Frank Gifford Collection (Old Greenwich, CT); Marvin Hamlisch Collection unknown; Sean Hattrick (Southampton, NY); Legacy Club in MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ) where her site-specific mural has been acquired as part of their Permanent Collection; Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Lessing Collection (Cold Spring Harbor, NY); Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Mara Collection (Bedford, NY); Mr. & Mrs. Colin McLane Collection (Rye, NY); Cara Moore Collection (Greenwich, CT); New York City Fire Museum (New York, NY); The New York Football Giants (East Rutherford, NJ); Quest Diagnostics Training Center (East Rutherford, NJ); and Rich Seubert Collection (San Luis Obispo, CA).
Current projects include “Imagine Peace,” an outreach program with local students that honors members of the US Armed Forces; commissions for Three Village Inn (Stonybrook, NY); and collaboration with the Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee to create a limited edition series of her prints and design items. Mara is a devoted mother of four sons, and lives and works in Bedford, NY with her husband Frank. As a Southampton native, Mara also enjoys spending full summers in the countryside.
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